Staff Profile:Professor Hannah Cloke

Professor Hannah Cloke
Job Title:
Professor of Hydrology
  • Research in Hydrological Processes and Modelling
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching
  • Director of Water@Reading.
Areas of Interest:
  • Catchment hydrology; Large scale hydrology
  • Forecasting floods and droughts
  • Land surface modelling and reanalysis
  • Climate impact on water resources
  • Forecast verification, uncertainty analysis

Postgraduate (PhD) Supervision:

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

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.

Brandon Parkes Developing a risk-based and participatory approach to reducing the uncertainty in modelling climate impact on flood inundation. King's College London (ESRC/NERC funded)

Chris Sampson Uncertainty in future flood risk for insurance markets. NERC-CASE. University of Bristol.

Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Fellows:

Dr Elisabeth Stephens

Dr David Mason 

Dr Anna Mueller

Research groups / Centres:

Key Facts:

Hannah Cloke is a hydrologist and physical geographer specializing in land surface modelling, flood forecasting and catchment hydrology. She works closely with the Environment Agency, the Met Office, the Flood Forecasting Centre and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts as well as a wide range of other national and international partners. She advised government on the Jan/Feb 2014 floods crisis and provided substantial expert commentary in the media. 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 

Hannah is currently a member of the of the Environment Agency-DEFRA R&D flood science programme advisory group. She is a member of the NERC Peer Review Panel C, Floods theme coordinator for the International Hydrological Programme (IHP): FRIEND network, 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 and is guest editor for Hydrological Processes.

Hannah is an active member of the HEPEX project and recently served on the British Hydrological Society committee.


Current Research projects:

  • 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.
  • DEFRA Catchment Modelling call - Developing more effective models for managing water from the local to the national scale from a risk and pollution perspective. Consortium led by CEH with Atkins, ADAS and the James Hutton Institute. 2014.
  • 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).


Recently completed research projects:

  • 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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