Staff Profile:Professor Hannah Cloke

Professor Hannah Cloke
Job Title:
Professor of Hydrology
  • Co-Director of Water@Reading
  • Research in Forecasting and Modelling Environmental Processes
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching
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.

Ervin Zsoter. Understanding global flood hazard climatology for improved early flood warning. Funded by a Wilkie Calvert Studentship at ECMWF.

Jamie Towner. Climate variability and extended-range flood forecasting for the Peruvian Amazon. With Red Cross Climate Centre. Funded by NERC SCENARIO.

Phiala Mehring. Implementing Natural Flood Risk Management. Funded by University of Reading regional scholarship.

Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Fellows:

Dr Elisabeth Stephens

Dr David Mason 

Dr Anna Mueller

Dr Jess Neumann

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 and disaster risk management. 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 European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) 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 Long Term Investment Scenarios Advisory Group and the Environment Agency-DEFRA R&D flood science programme advisory group. Hannah is Executive editor of Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. She also sits on the NERC Peer Review Panel B, is a member of the HEPEX project and a committee member of the EGU Hydrology Catchment hydrology section. In January 2015 Hannah was awarded the NERC Early Career Impact Award and was runner up in the Guardian University Awards for impact 2016. 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 Co-Director of Water@Reading.


    Current Research projects:

    • ANYWHERE. EnhANcing emergencY management and response to extreme WeatHER and climate Events. Horizon 2020. 2016-2019.
    • TENDERLY. NERC Flooding from Intense Rainfall Programme 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.
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