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Paul Bates

Paul Bates

Professor Paul Bates CBE FRS


Elected: 2021





Paul Bates is Professor of Hydrology at the University of Bristol where he specialises in the science of flooding.  He develops new numerical solutions to the Shallow Water equations and combines these with satellite and airborne data to advance our fundamental understanding of flood dynamics and reduce threats to life and economic losses worldwide.  His work is used by multiple researchers, NGOs, multi-national companies and insurers to manage flood hazard and risk.

Previously, he was Director of the Cabot Institute and Head of the School of Geographical Sciences at Bristol and has spent sabbatical periods at Laboratoire National d’Hydraulique et Environnment in Paris, the EU Joint Research Centre, Princeton University and the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab at CALTECH.

He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a double winner of the Lloyd's of London Science of Risk prize and in 2019 was made a Commander of the British Empire for services to flood risk management.

Professional positions

Professor of Hydrology, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Engineering
    • Fluid dynamics
  • Earth and environmental sciences
    • Hydrology


Flood hazard and risk, climate change, remote sensing, numerical modelling, uncertainty

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