Prof John Rees

Prof John ReesNERC Natural Hazards Team Leader

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 9363296

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  • 2007–present Natural Hazards Theme Leader & Science Champion, NERC, UK
  • 2005–2007 Head of Corporate Policy and Science Coordination, BGS, UK  
  • 2000–2004 Manager Coastal Geoscience & Global Change Programme, BGS, UK
  • 1994–1999 Coastal and Engineering Geology Group, BGS, UK
  • 1986–1994 Central England and Wales Group, BGS, UK 
  • 1985–1984 Irish Cement Ltd. Ireland
  • 1982–1984 PhD, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • 1979–1982 BSc (Hons) Geology, University of Sheffield, UK

Research interests

  • Natural Hazards
  • Gas hydrates
  • Acoustics
  • Earth systems science
  • Coastal science
  • Science into government


  • Science leadership

Current projects and collaboration

  • UK Collaborative for Development Science: Disaster Risk Reduction Group (Chair)
  • UK Flooding Research Strategy Board (Chair)
  • Met-Office/NERC Joint Climate Research Programme Board
  • Cabinet Office Advisory Group on Natural Disaster Reduction
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) Science Advisory Committee

Professional association

  • 2008–present Member of American Geophysical Union
  • 2008–present Visiting Chair (Geology), Leicester University
  • 2006–2007 Visiting Fellow (Petrophysics), Leicester University
  • 2003–present Chartered Scientist
  • 1994–present Chartered Geologist
  • 1988–present Member of the Geological Society

Published outputs

Key Papers

ASSOUS, S, JACKSON, PD, HOPPER, C, GUNN, DA, REES, JG AND LOVELL, MA. 2008. Bat-inspired distance measurements using phase information. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 124, 2596-2598.

DAWSON, RJ, DICKSON,  ME, NICHOLLS, RJ, HALL, JW, WALKDEN, MJA, STANSBY, P, MOKRECH, M, RICHARDS, J, ZHOU, J, MILLIGAN, J, JORDAN, A, PEARSON, S, REES, JG, BATES, P, KOUKOULAS, S, and  WATKINSON, A. 2009. Integrated analysis of risks of coastal flooding and cliff erosion under scenarios of long term change, Climatic Change, 95, 249-288.

LAMB, A, VANE, CH, REES, JG, WILSON, GP and MOSS-HAYES, VL. 2007. Assessing d13C and C/N ratios from stored organic material as Holocene sea-level and palaeoenvironmental indicators in the Humber Estuary, UK. Marine Geology, 244, 109-128

REES, JG, GIBSON, A, HARRISON, M, HUGHES, AG, and WALSBY, JC. 2009.  Regional modelling of geohazard change. In Culshaw, MG, Reeves, HJ, Jefferson, I and Spink, TW. Engineering Geology for Tomorrow’s Cities. Geological Society, London, Engineering Geology Special Publication, 22, 49-63.

ROCHELLE, CA, CAMPS, AP, LONG, D, MILODOWSKI A, BATEMAN, K, GUNN, D, JACKSON, PD, LOVELL, MA and REES JG. 2009. Can CO2 hydrate assist in the underground storage of carbon dioxide? In Long, D, Lovell, MA, Rees, JG and Rochelle, CA (editors).  Sediment-hosted Gas Hydrates: New insights on Natural and Synthetic Systems. Geological Society Special Publications. 319, 171-183.

TOWNEND, IH, WANG, ZB, and REES, JG. 2007. Millennial to annual Volume changes in the Humber Estuary. Phil. Trans. R.Soc. 463, 387-854.