Staff Profile:Professor Hannah Cloke

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

Postgraduate (PhD) Supervision:

Hannah currently supervises a number of postgraduates:

  • Louise Arnal: Seasonal hydrological forecasting over Europe: prospects and applications. Project IMPREX: IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological Extremes. Horizon2020 programme.
  • Siobhan Dolan: Early warning of flash flood and landslide risk in S Asia. Funded by NERC SHEAR Programme. With ECMWF and British Geological Survey.
  • Rebecca Emerton: Implications of changes in climate regime for flood characteristics and global flood forecasting. With ECMWF. Funded by NERC SCENARIO.
  • Fatima Pillosu: Statistical analysis of ECMWF Ensemble to improve rainfall inputs in real-time flood forecasting systems. Forecast Department, ECMWF
  • Sofia Theofanidi: Improving and evaluating flood forecasting models for improved flood resilience from local to global scales.
  • Azin Wright: The effect of land surface hydrological process representation (paramaterization and parameter uncertainty) on drought prediction, at a range of spatio-temporal scales. Project IMPETUS: Improving Predictions of Drought for User Decision-Making. NERC Droughts Programme.
  • Ervin Zsoter: Understanding global flood hazard climatology for improved early flood warning. Funded by a Wilkie Calvert Studentship at ECMWF
  • Helen Titley: Global flood predictability, early warning and the communication of probabilistic forecasts. Funded by the Met Office.
  • David Richardson: Verification and diagnostics of ensemble-based earth-system models. Funded by a Wilkie Calvert Studentship at ECMWF
  • Maureen Anyango Wanzala: Seamless seasonal to sub-seasonal forecasts of flood risk in River Nzioa Basin. Funded by a Commonwealth Scholarship. Anticipated Jan 2019.

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

Hannah also co-supervises a number of other students:   

  • Leonore Boelee: Global Real Time Flood Risk Forecasting. Open University/HR Wallingford.
  • Sazzad Hossain: Extended range hydrometeorological forecasting for improved flood early warning to supporting earlier flood preparedness. Funded by NERC SHEAR Programme.
  • Sifan Koriche: Developing a Quaternary Lake Basin Model for the Ponto-Caspian Basins (Black Sea, Caspian Sea). Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher. (Primary supervisor, Joy Singarayer).
  • Phiala Mehring: Implementing Natural Flood Risk Management. Funded by University of Reading regional scholarship. (Primary supervisor, Hilary Geoghegan).
  • Jamie Towner: Climate variability and extended-range flood forecasting for the Peruvian Amazon. With Red Cross Climate Centre. Funded by NERC SCENARIO.  (Primary supervisory: Liz Stephens).
  • Elisa Savelli: Hydrological extremes and society: case studies. At Uppsala University.

Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Fellows:

Dr David Mason (senior research fellow in remote sensing and data assimilation for hydrology)

Dr Jess Neumann, IMPREX/LANDWISE project

Dr Claudia Di NapoliANYWHERE project

Dr Andrea Ficchi, FATHUM project

Dr Chloe Largeron, TENDERLY project

Research groups / Centres:

Hannah is a member of the following:

Key Facts:

  • Hannah Cloke is a hydrologist and physical geographer specialising 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.

  • Hannah is Visiting Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University, Sweden. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society. She works closely with the Environment Agency, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and the UK Met Office, 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, is a member of the HEPEX project and a committee member of the EGU Hydrology Catchment hydrology section.

  • Hannah was awarded the 2015 NERC Early Career Impact Award, was runner up in the Guardian University Awards for impact 2016, and has been awarded the 2018 Plinius Medal of the European Geosciences Union in recognition of her outstanding interdisciplinary research in natural hazards. 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, UK. She then worked at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy on the European Flood Alert System and then from 2004 lectured at in the Department of Geography at King's College London, UK. 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:

  • LANDWISE LAND Management in lowland catchments for Integrated flood riSk rEduction, NERC Evaluating the Effectiveness of Natural Flood Management Programme. Led by Dr Jo Clark. 2018-2021
  • FATHUM. Forecasts for AnTicipatory HUManitarian action (FATHUM). NERC Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) Programme. See: Forecast based Financing. Led by Dr Liz Stephens. 2017-2020.
  • 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. See: Flooding From Intense Rainfall
  • IMPREX. IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological Extremes. Horizon 2020. 2015-2018.
  • SINATRA: Susceptibility of catchments to Intense RAinfall and flooding. NERC Flooding From Intense Rainfall Programme. Hannah is Project Director of this large consortium grant. 2013-2019. See: Flooding From Intense Rainfall
  • IMPETUS. Improving Predictions of Drought for User Decision-Making. NERC UK Droughts and Water Scarcity Programme. 2014-2018.
  • Loddon Observatory. Led by Dr Jo Clark.
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