Staff Profile:Professor Hannah Cloke

Professor Hannah Cloke
Job Title:
Professor of Hydrology
  • Co-Director of Water@Reading with Dr Liz Stephens
  • Research in Modelling Environmental Processes and Forecasting Natural Hazards
  • Independent scientific advisor to government, forecasting and humanitarian agencies
  • Postgraduate research supervision and undergraduate/postgraduate teaching
Areas of Interest:
  • Forecasting floods, droughts, heatwaves, landslides and other natural hazards
  • Early warning and evidence based decision-making for disaster risk management
  • Global earth system modelling and applications of Numerical Weather Prediction
  • Climate change impact on environmental processes, natural hazards and water resources
  • Forecast verification and uncertainty analysis
  • Science communication

Key Facts:

  • Prof. Dr Hannah L. Cloke OBE is a physical geographer, natural hazards researcher and hydrologist specialising in earth system modelling, flood forecasting, catchment hydrology and applications of Numerical Weather Predictions. She leads a wide programme of research on the theoretical and practical development of early warning systems for natural hazards, particularly for floods, droughts, heatwaves and disaster risk management.

  • Hannah works closely with partners including the Environment Agency, the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the UK Met Office, the Red Cross Climate Centre & other hydrometeorological services and humanitarian actors. Prof Cloke is a member of is a member of HEPEX and has worked as research partner for the EU's Copernicus Emergency Management Service for Floods since 2003. Hannah advises government, forecasting authorities and humanitarian agencies on national and international flooding incidents and forecasting science and provides expert commentary in the media.

  • Hannah is an elected fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society. She won the NERC Early Career Impact Award in 2015, was awarded the 2018 Plinius Medal of the European Geosciences Union and the 2019 British Hydrological Society's President's Prize. Hannah was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to flood forecasting and the development of hazard early warning systems.

  • 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.
Research groups / Centres:

Hannah is co-located in the University of Reading Department of Meteorology and is Visiting Professor at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Current Research projects:

 Hannah's research is currently funded by NERC, DFID, and EU Horizon2020 

  • Hydrosocialextremes. Led by Prof Giuliano Di Baldassarre. 2018-2023.
  • Learning from Cyclone Idai and Kenneth: Presenting and using flood forecast information to support humanitarian response. NERC/DFID Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) Programme. 2019-2020
  • LANDWISE LAND Management in lowland catchments for Integrated flood riSk rEduction, NERC Natural Flood Management Programme. Led by Prof Jo Clark. 2018-2021
  • FATHUM. Forecasts for AnTicipatory HUManitarian action (FATHUM). NERC/DFID 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 & management of hydrological Extremes. Horizon2020. 2015-2019.
  • Loddon Observatory. Led by Prof Jo Clark.
  • UK wind and flood insurance risk, NERC Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Lloyds Banking Group. Led by Prof Len Shaffrey 2018-2020

Postgraduate (PhD) Supervision:

Hannah currently supervises a number of postgraduates:

  • Louise Arnal: Seasonal hydrological forecasting over Europe. Project IMPREX: IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological Extremes. Horizon2020.
  • Chloe Brimicombe: Pan-African heatwave health hazard forecasting. With ECMWF. Funded by a University of Reading regional bursary
  • Siobhan Dolan: Early warning of flash flood and landslide risk in S Asia. Funded by NERC SHEAR Programme. With ECMWF and British Geological Survey.
  • Clare Lewis: Meteotsunamis in a changing climate: The future of coastal vulnerability & resilience. With Plymouth Marine Lab.
  • Fatima Pillosu: Statistical analysis of ECMWF Ensemble to improve rainfall inputs in real-time flood forecasting systems. Forecast Department, ECMWF
  • David Richardson: Verification and diagnostics of ensemble-based earth-system models. Funded by a Wilkie Calvert Studentship at ECMWF
  • Sofia Theofanidi: Improving and evaluating flood forecasting models for  flood resilience.
  • Helen Titley: Global flood predictability, early warning and the communication of probabilistic forecasts. Funded by the Met Office
  • Maureen Wanzala: Seamless seasonal to sub-seasonal forecasts of flood risk in River Nzioa Basin. Funded by a Commonwealth Scholarship
  • Ervin Zsoter: Understanding global flood hazard climatology for improved early flood warning. Funded by a Wilkie Calvert Studentship at ECMWF

Hannah also co-supervises a number of other students:

  • Leonore Boelee: Global Real Time Flood Risk Forecasting. Open University/HR Wallingford.
  • SazzadHossain: Extended range hydrometeorological forecasting for improved flood early warning to supporting earlier flood preparedness. Funded by NERC SHEAR.
  • Sifan Koriche: Developing a Quaternary Lake Basin Model for the Ponto-Caspian Basins (Black Sea, Caspian Sea). Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher
  • Phiala Mehring: Implementing Natural Flood Risk Management. Funded by University of Reading regional scholarship
  • Faith Mitheu: A model for impact-based flood early warning in Uganda. Funded by NERC SHEAR 
  • Jamie Towner: Climate variability and extended-range flood forecasting for the Peruvian Amazon. With Red Cross Climate Centre. Funded by NERC SCENARIO
  • Elisa Savelli: Hydrological extremes and society: case studies. At Uppsala University
  • Gwyneth Matthews: Multi-model data assimilation techniques for flood forecasting. Funded by EPSRC.

Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Fellows:

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

Dr Maléki Badjana LANDWISE project

Dr Claudia Di Napoli, ANYWHERE project

Dr Andrea Ficchi, FATHUM project

Dr Linda Speight, FATHUM project

Dr Tobias Pforr, FATHUM project


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