PREPARING FOR FLOODS - Lunch seminar with visiting professor Hannah Cloke

  • Date: –13:00
  • Location: Geocentrum Earth Sciences Library
  • Lecturer: prof. Hannah Cloke
  • Organiser: LUVAL
  • Contact person: Börje Dahrén
  • Seminarium

All are welcome to this first lecture by our new visiting professor Hannah Cloke!

Hannah Cloke has just started her 3-year guest professorship at Geo (LUVAL). She is the Director of Water@Reading, a cross-faculty centre of research excellence, delivering world class knowledge in water science, policy and societal impacts for the UK and internationally. She has a multi-faceted expertise, which goes across many fields in Earth sciences. Her current research focuses on the theoretical and practical development of early warning systems for natural hazards, particularly for hydro-meteorological extremes.

Hannah and her research group is strongly committed in supporting disaster risk reduction, working closely with European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). She has combined both scientific excellence and societal relevance. Her scientific results are not only impressive -as shown, for instance, by her numerous highly cited papers on top peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Communications- but also relevant to global actors and key stakeholders, such as the Red Cross and the World Bank.


Hannah's outstanding contribution to the understanding, modeling and management of hydro-meteorological extremes, in the global context of disaster risk reduction, along with her tireless service to the scientific community have made her the current recipient of the prestigious EGU Plinus Medal, who is awarded to "outstanding mid-career scientists who meet the following criteria: (a) outstanding research achievements in fields related with natural hazards, (b) important interdisciplinary activity in two or more fields related with this topic, and (c) research that has been applied in the mitigation of risks from natural hazards".



This talk will consider the development of hydrological ensemble forecasting over the last 15 or so years for improved flood preparedness, including examples from England, the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) and the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS). I will review the scientific and practical progress in hydrological ensemble prediction and consider the possible futures of hydrological ensembles particularly for use in disaster risk reduction. I will introduce the HEPEX initiative (which stands for Hydrologic Ensemble Prediction Experiment), which is a thriving community of researchers and practitioners who aim to advance the science and practice of hydrological ensemble prediction and how it is used for risk-based decision making.

Register no later than Thursday Nov 16 at 18:00 for a free lunch sandwich, by sending an email to