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Dr Natalie Lord


I am currently working as a Research Associate, having completed my PhD in 2017. My main research interests relate to how global and regional climates respond to changes in forcings over different time scales, and the potential consequences of these changes. I use a variety of different complexity climate models in my research, from General Circulation Models (GCMs) to statistical and conceptual models. Most recently, I have been investigating how extreme heat stress events in different regions may change over the coming decades following anthropogenic CO2 emissions, and the potential implications for society. My previous research has focussed on changes in climate occurring over hundreds of thousands of years in response to orbital and atmospheric CO2 forcing. This includes changes in both future climate, in order to assess the potential implications for post-closure performance assessments for disposal of radioactive wastes, and past climate, such as those that occurred over the last ~800 thousand years (Pleistocene). For past climates, the model results are compared to climate data from paleo proxies as a way of validating the modelling approaches used. I have also carried out research looking at the impacts that the spatial resolution of a GCM has on the representation of tropical cyclones.

Before joining the University of Bristol, I worked as an Assistant Data Manager at a site investigation/environmental consultancy company. My primary role involved developing the data management and graphical reporting software used by the company (gINT Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental software), as well as user support and troubleshooting, writing of technical documents, training and marketing.