Paul Bates

University of Bristol • Professor

Dr. Paul Bates is Professor of Hydrology at the University of Bristol where he specializes in the science of flooding.  Dr. Bates is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the American Geophysical Union, a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder and in 2019 was awarded a CBE for services to flood risk management.  He is also Chairman of the flood risk analytics company Fathom ( He has widespread research interests in risk, resilience, uncertainty, governance and decision-making in relation to natural hazards and global water issues.