The Bristol Research Initiative for the Dynamic Global Environment (BRIDGE)

  • BS8 1SS

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Bristol Research Initiative for the Dynamic Global Environment (BRIDGE) was set up in 2003 by Prof Paul Valdes. Its aim is to improve the understanding of natural climate and environmental variability and to use this knowledge to predict future changes more accurately and assess its impact on all aspects of human society. In the context of UK research, this remit is uniquely wide. BRIDGE will provide information to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and ultimately feed into the government's policy considerations.

The research will focus on the emerging area of 'Earth System Science', which looks at the complex interactions between all the Earth's components: the oceans; atmosphere; ice sheets; biosphere; as well as the influence of human activity on global change. This approach requires the input of multidisciplinary teams drawn from across the University (Bristol Glaciology Centre, Hydrology Group, Biogeochemical Cycles, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Archaeology, Personal Finance Research Centre) and beyond (Hadley Centre, British Antarctic Survey, UK Met Office, DEFRA, Environment Agency, Centre for Global Atmospheric Modelling, Oil Industry).

BRIDGE is currently directed by Dr Dan Lunt. The main research effort of the group within Geography is to improve the understanding of the causes of climate change, by testing the computer climate models used to predict future climate change. Major themes include:

  • Quantifying environmental and climate change in the distant past through the combined use of data and models;
  • Evaluating climate models with accurate proxy climate records, especially during periods of rapid climate change;
  • Improving climate models by incorporating additional components of the Earth System and detailed analysis of these processes for past, present and future change;
  • Assessing the impact of future climate change on spatial and temporal scales relevant to society and including timescales from decadal to millennial.

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    Research Output

    A long-term, high-latitude record of Eocene hydrological change in the Greenland region

    Inglis, G. N., Carmichael, M. J., Farnsworth, A., Lunt, D. J. & Pancost, R. D., 1 Jan 2020, In : Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 537, 109378.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Changes in the high latitude Southern Hemisphere through the Eocene-Oligocene Transition: a model-data comparison

    Kennedy-Asser, A. T., Lunt, D. J., Valdes, P. J., Ladant, J-B., Frieling, J. & Lauretano, V., 19 Mar 2020, In : Climate of the Past. 16, p. 555-573 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    Compositional and structural analysis of Fukushima-derived particulates using high-resolution x-ray imaging and synchrotron characterisation techniques

    Martin, P. G., Jones, C. P., Cipiccia, S., Batey, D., Hallam, K. R., Satou, Y., Griffiths, I. J., Rau, C., Richards, D. A., Sueki, K., Ishii, T. & Scott, T. B., 31 Jan 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 11 p., 1636 (2020).

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    Projects

    Student theses

    Assessing past oxygen in the ocean using Cr isotopes as a palaeo-proxy

    Author: Remmelzwaal, S., 19 Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Parkinson, I. (Supervisor), Schmidt, D. (Supervisor) & Monteiro, F. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Climatic and oceanic changes across the Eocene-Oligocene Transition

    Author: Kennedy-Asser, A., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Payne, T. (Supervisor), Lunt, D. (Supervisor) & Cornford, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Critically Evaluating The Role of The Deep Subsurface In The Chemical Weathering Thermostat

    Author: Hayes, N. R., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Buss, H. L. (Supervisor) & Lunt, D. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Prizes

    European Geosciences Union (EGU) Milutin Milankovic Medal

    Valdes, Paul J (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award

    Valdes, Paul J (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Rupert Ford memorial travel prize

    Jonny Williams (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Activities

    H2020: ITN planning meeting on the Eocene-Oligocene transition

    Dan J Lunt (Participant)

    3 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Goldschmidt 2016

    David A Richards (Participant)

    27 Jun 20161 Jul 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Research Fellowship - Rethinking carbonate diagenesis: clues to past carbon cycling from an overlooked carbon sink.

    Sarah E Greene (Recipient)

    1 Jul 20141 Jul 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively