Staff Profile:Professor Hannah Cloke

Professor Hannah Cloke
Job Title:
Professor of Hydrology
  • Research in Forecasting and Modelling Environmental Processes
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching
  • Co-Director of Water@Reading
Areas of Interest:
  • Forecasting floods, droughts and other natural hazards
  • Land surface modelling and reanalysis
  • Catchment hydrology; Large scale hydrology
  • Climate impact on water resources
  • Applications of Numerical Weather Prediction
  • Forecast verification, uncertainty analysis

Postgraduate (PhD) Supervision:

Hannah is keen to discuss proposals for postgraduate research in the above areas.

Current students:   

Rebecca Emerton. Global flood forecasting and the implications of climate change on flood characteristics and flood forecasting. With ECMWF. Funded by NERC SCENARIO.

Azin Howells. Representing uncertainty in land surface hydrology for seasonal forecasting. Project IMPETUS: Improving Predictions of Drought for User Decision-Making. NERC Droughts Programme.

Louise Arnal. Improving seasonal hydrological forecasting for Europe. Project IMPREX: IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological Extremes. Horizon2020 programme.

Leonore Boelee. Global Real Time Flood Risk Forecasting. Open University/HR Wallingford.

Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Fellows:

Dr Elisabeth Stephens

Dr David Mason 

Dr Anna Mueller

Research groups / Centres:
  • Water@Reading
  • Department of Meteorology
  • Walker Institute for Climate System Research 
  • Key Facts:

    Hannah Cloke is a hydrologist and physical geographer specializing in land surface modelling, flood forecasting, applications of Numerical Weather Predictions and catchment hydrology. Her current research focuses on the theoretical and practical development of early warning systems for natural hazards, particularly for floods and droughts. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society. She works closely with the Environment Agency, the UK Met Office, the Flood Forecasting Centre, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) as well as a wide range of other national and international partners. Hannah advises government on national and international flooding incidents and provides expert commentary in the media. Hannah is currently a member of the of the Environment Agency-DEFRA R&D flood science programme advisory group, the NERC Peer Review Panel C, the HEPEX project and a committee member of the EGU Hydrology section: Catchment hydrology. She is on the editorial board of the journals Meteorological Applications and Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. In January 2015 Hannah was awarded the NERC Early Career Impact Award. Click here to watch a short video from NERC on her work.

    Hannah obtained a BSc (1999) and PhD (2003) in Geography from the University of Bristol. She then worked as a Research Associate at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, working on the European Flood Alert System and then from 2004 lectured at in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. In 2012 she moved to the University of Reading; to a joint post between the Department of Geography and Environmental Science and the Department of Meteorology, where she is now Professor of Hydrology and Director of Water@Reading


    Current Research projects:

    • ANYWHERE. EnhANcing emergencY management and response to extreme WeatHER and climate Events. Horizon 2020. 2016-2019.
    • IMPREX. IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological Extremes. Horizon 2020. 2015-2018.
    • ELiGLOFAS. Embracing local knowledge in the Global Flood Awareness System. World Bank/UNISDR. 2015-2016.
    • Project SINATRA: Susceptibility of catchments to Intense RAinfall and flooding. NERC Flooding From Intense Rainfall Programme. Hannah is Project Director of this large consortium grant. 2013-2017. See: Flooding From Intense Rainfall
    • IMPETUS. Improving Predictions of Drought for User Decision-Making. NERC UK Droughts and Water Scarcity Programme. 2014-2017.

      Recently completed research projects:

      • Developing Enhanced impact MOdels for integration with Next generation NWP and climate outputs (DEMON). NERC – Storm Risk Mitigation Programme consortium grant, with University of Bristol, University of Reading, NOC, UK Met office.
      • NWP water cycle verification with river discharge observations. 2011-2014. in collaboration with European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).
    • Improving the communication and use of ensemble flood predictions. 2011-2012. ESRC follow on grant with King's College London.
    • Novel Early flood Warning System using grand ensemble weather predictions. (2009-2010) Innovation China-UK.
    • Europeanizing Flood Forecasting and the Geographies of Risk and Science in the EU (2008-2011) ESRC
    • Uncertainty Assessments of Flood Inundation Impacts: Using spatial climate change scenarios to drive an ensemble of distributed models for extreme conditions. (2007-2010) NERC FREE (Flood Risk from Extreme Events) programme.
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