Dr John Rees

Dr John Rees

Director of Science for Earth Hazards, Observatories

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3296

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  •  2007 – ongoing : 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


  • Science leadership

Research interests

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

Current projects and collaboration

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

Professional association

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

Published outputs

Key papers

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.

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.

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.

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

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