Professor Hannah Cloke from University of Reading has been awarded winner of the ‘early career researcher' category of the inaugural NERC Impact Awards in recognition of exceptional economic and/or societal impact within the UK and internationally.
Professor Cloke has led a continuous programme of NERC-funded research aimed at furthering our understanding of flood risk, including Project SINATRA and Project Impetus. Working with UK industry, and flood-forecasting agencies in the UK, Europe and Far East, she has brought about changes in decision-making practice, better flood warnings and a reduction in flood risk around the world.
Professor Cloke said: "I'm honoured and delighted to win this award. While I have always believed that our research could have a big impact on society, last year's floods in Somerset and on the Thames suddenly put flooding at the top of the political agenda. While going to meetings in Whitehall and talking to the media was a long way away from my usual day-to-day routine, hopefully my small contribution helped to make a difference. In addition, the experience has helped to open up a number of new opportunities for my research and career."
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