Professor Hannah Cloke

NERC Council member

Professor Hannah Cloke OBE is a member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Council.

Hannah is Professor of Hydrology and Co-Director of Water@Reading at the University of Reading. She leads a wide programme of environmental science research on the theoretical and practical development of early warning systems for natural hazards, particularly for floods, droughts, heatwaves and disaster risk management.

Her research partners with hydrometeorological services and humanitarian actors around the world. She has worked as research partner for the EU’s Copernicus Emergency Management Service for Floods since 2003 and has been seconded to the UK Government Office for Science. She 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 a Fellow of the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts and is Guest Professor at Uppsala University and Associate of the Centre for Natural Hazards and Disaster Science in Sweden. She was awarded the 2015 NERC Early Career Impact Award, the 2018 Plinius Medal of the European Geosciences Union, the 2019 Presidents Medal of the British Hydrological Society, and in 2019 was appointed OBE for services to flood forecasting and the development of hazard early warning systems.

Last updated: 1 September 2023

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