Professional summary

Research Interests

Eleanor provides leadership on understanding and modelling the land system. In particular the role that the land plays in mitigating the climate system and its impact on water cycle. 


Brief CV

Eleanor's main area of work is to represent the land surface in meteorological and hydrological models. This includes using data from different biomes of the world to test and calibrate the JULES model, assessing methods to represent heterogeneous terrain (snow, vegetation, soil moisture, topography) and representing key hydrological processes in meteorological land surface schemes such as evaporation, soil processes, soil freezing, snow processes and hydrology. She has a keen interest in using data to test and develop models. She has recently been focussing on developing a protocol using global, gridded evaporation data to evaluate an ensemble of models.

Eleanor is currently managing the science in several major projects for NERC and the EU.

Positions held

Editor for Land in the AGU Journal for Advances in Modelling Earth Systems (JAMES)

Member of GEWEX-GLASS representing Benchmarking

Chair of the Science and Applications committee of JULES

Recent selected publications

Beven, Keith; Asadullah, Anita; Bates, Paul; Blyth, Eleanor  ; Chappell, Nick; Child, Stewart; Cloke, Hannah; Dadson, Simon  ; Everard, Nick; Fowler, Hayley J.; Freer, Jim; Hannah, David M.; Heppell, Kate; Holden, Joseph; Lamb, Rob; Lewis, Huw; Morgan, Gerald; Parry, Louise; Wagener, Thorsten. 2020 Developing observational methods to drive future hydrological science: can we make a start as a community? Hydrological Processes, 34 (3). 868-873.

Marthews, Toby R.; Blyth, Eleanor M.; Martinez-de la Torre, Alberto; Veldkamp, Ted I.E.. 2020 A global-scale evaluation of extreme event uncertainty in the eartH2Observe project. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 24 (1). 75-92.

Cagnarini, Claudia  ; Blyth, Eleanor; Emmett, Bridget A.; Evans, Chris D.  ; Griffiths, Robert I.; Keith, Aidan; Jones, Laurence; Lebron, Inma; McNamara, Niall P.; Puissant, Jeremy; Reinsch, Sabine  ; Robinson, David A.  ; Rowe, Edwin C.; Thomas, Amy R.C.; Smart, Simon M.; Whitaker, Jeanette  ; Cosby, Bernard J.. 2019 Zones of influence for soil organic matter dynamics: a conceptual framework for data and models. Global Change Biology, 25 (12). 3996-4007.

Blyth, Eleanor M.; Martinez-de la Torre, Alberto  ; Robinson, Emma L.. 2019 Trends in evapotranspiration and its drivers in Great Britain: 1961 to 2015. Progress in Physical Geography, 43 (5). 666-693.

Martinez-de la Torre, Alberto; Blyth, Eleanor M.; Robinson, Emma L.. 2019 Evaluation of drydown processes in global land surface and hydrological models using flux tower evapotranspiration [in special issue: Hydrological and ecological systems within the terrestrial land surface] Water, 11 (2), 356. 21, pp.

Martinez-de la Torre, Alberto; Blyth, Eleanor M.; Weedon, Graham P.. 2019 Using observed river flow data to improve the hydrological functioning of the JULES land surface model (vn4.3) used for regional coupled modelling in Great Britain (UKC2). Geoscientific Model Development, 12 (2). 765-784.

Balsamo, Gianpaolo; Agusti-Parareda, Anna; Albergel, Clement; Arduini, Gabriele; Beljaars, Anton; Bidlot, Jean; Blyth, Eleanor; Bousserez, Nicolas; Boussetta, Souhail; Brown, Andy; Buizza, Roberto; Buontempo, Carlo; Chevallier, Frédéric; Choulga, Margarita; Cloke, Hannah; Cronin, Meghan F.; Dahoui, Mohamed; De Rosnay, Patricia; Dirmeyer, Paul A.; Drusch, Matthias; Dutra, Emanuel; Ek, Michael B.; Gentine, Pierre; Hewitt, Helene; Keeley, Sarah P.E.; Kerr, Yann; Kumar, Sujay; Lupu, Cristina; Mahfouf, Jean-François; McNorton, Joe; Mecklenburg, Susanne; Mogensen, Kristian; Muñoz-Sabater, Joaquín; Orth, Rene; Rabier, Florence; Reichle, Rolf; Ruston, Ben; Pappenberger, Florian; Sandu, Irina; Seneviratne, Sonia I.; Tietsche, Steffen; Trigo, Isabel F.; Uijlenhoet, Remko; Wedi, Nils; Woolway, R. Iestyn; Zeng, Xubin. 2018 Satellite and in situ observations for advancing global Earth surface modelling: a review [in special issue: Advancing Earth surface representation via enhanced use of Earth observations in monitoring and forecasting applications] Remote Sensing, 10 (12), 2038. 72, pp.

Lewis, Huw W.; Castillo Sanchez, Juan Manuel; Graham, Jennifer; Saulter, Andrew; Bornemann, Jorge; Arnold, Alex; Fallmann, Joachim; Harris, Chris; Pearson, David; Ramsdale, Steven; Martinez de la Torre, Alberto; Bricheno, Lucy; Blyth, Eleanor; Bell, Victoria A.; Davies, Helen; Marthews, Toby R.; O’Neill, Clare; Rumbold, Heather; O'Dea, Enda; Brereton, Ashley; Guihou, Karen; Hines, Adrian; Butenschon, Momme; Dadson, Simon J.; Palmer, Tamzin; Holt, Jason  ; Reynard, Nick; Best, Martin; Edwards, John; Siddorn, John. 2018 The UKC2 regional coupled environmental prediction system. Geoscientific Model Development, 11 (1). 1-42.

Iwema, Joost; Rosolem, Rafael; Rahman, Mostaquimur; Blyth, Eleanor; Wagener, Thorsten. 2017 Land surface model performance using cosmic-ray and point-scale soil moisture measurements for calibration. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21 (6). 2843-2861.

Robinson, Emma L.; Blyth, Eleanor M.; Clark, Douglas B.; Finch, Jon; Rudd, Alison C.. 2017 Trends in atmospheric evaporative demand in Great Britain using high-resolution meteorological data. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21 (2). 1189-1224.