Please get in touch if you are unable to access any of these and would like a copy.  Most have links to the pdf in the title or links to an open source repository.  

My google scholar page can be found here 

Academic publications


E Fisher, J Hellin, H Greatrex, N Jensen (2018), "Index insurance and climate risk management: addressing social equity", Development Policy Review, Online release - copy edited version coming soon


Maidment, R. I., Grimes, D., Black, E., Tarnavsky, E., Young, M., Greatrex, H., ... & Alcántara, E. M. U. (2017). "A new, long-term daily satellite-based rainfall dataset for operational monitoring in Africa". Scientific data4, 170063.

S.G.K. Adiku, E. Debrah-Afanyede, H. Greatrex, R. Zougmore, D.S. MacCarthy (2017) “Weather-Index Based Crop Insurance as a Social Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability in the Upper West Region of Ghana”, CCAFS Working Paper no. 189. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Greatrex H, Narh S, Tettey A, Yeboah A, Mahama A. 2017. "Capacity building on agricultural insurance for aggregators in Northern Ghana". CCAFS Workshop Report. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).


Greatrex, H.The impact of pixel scale satellite rainfall uncertainty on modelled crop yield and agricultural development applications”, CIMMYT’s Sustainable Development Goals and Data Needs for Maize Intensification Plans, 25 Oct 2016 

E. Black, E. Tarnavsky, R.I. Maidment, H. Greatrex, A. Mookerjee, T. Quaife, M. Brown (2016), “The use of remotely sensed rainfall for managing drought risk: a case study of weather index insurance in Zambia”, Remote Sensing 8 (4), 342

Black, E., Greatrex, H., Young, M., & Maidment, R. (2016). “Incorporating Satellite Data Into Weather Index Insurance”. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97(10)

G. Rose, T. Osborne, H. Greatrex, T.R. Wheeler (2016), “Impact of progressive global warming on the global-scale yield of maize and soybean”, Climatic Change 134 (3), 417-428

K. Shirley, K.N. Vasilaky, H. Greatrex, D.E. Osgood (2016), “Hierarchical Bayes models for daily rainfall time series at multiple locations from heterogenous data sources”, IRI Report, Columbia University Academic Commons,


E. Black, E. Tarnavsky, H. Greatrex, R. Maidment, A. Mookerjee, T. Quaife, J. Price (2015) Exploiting Satellite-Based Rainfall for Weather Index Insurance: The Challenges of Spatial and Temporal Aggregation, In Proceedings of the 1st Int. Electron. Conf. Remote Sens., 22 June–5 July 2015; Sciforum Electronic Conference Series, Vol. 1, 2015 , f002; doi:10.3390/ecrs-1-f002

H. Greatrex, J. Hansen, S. Garvin, R. Diro, S. Blakeley, M. Le Guen, K. Rao, D. Osgood, (2015). Scaling up index insurance for smallholder farmers: Recent evidence and insights. CCAFS Report No. 14. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS),

C.J. Skinner, T. Bellerby, H. Greatrex, D.I.F. Grimes (2015), Hydrological Modelling using Ensemble Satellite Rainfall Estimates in a Sparsely Gauged River Basin: The Need for Whole-Ensemble Calibration, Journal of Hydrology, 522, 110-122,


R. Stanimirova, H. Greatrex, R. Diro, G. McCarney, J. Sharoff, B. Mann, A. Louis D’Agostino, M. Rogers-Martinez, S. Blakeley, C. Small, P. Ceccato, T. Dinku, D.E. Osgood (2013), "Using Satellites to Make Index Insurance Scalable”, Final IRI Report to the ILO Micro-Insurance Innovation Facility

H. Greatrex, D.I.F. Grimes, and T.R. Wheeler, 2014: Advances in the Stochastic Modelling of Satellite-Derived Rainfall Estimates Using a Sparse Calibration DatasetJournal of Hydrometeorology15, 1810–1831. doi: (Open access)


H. Greatrex, D.I.F. Grimes, Capturing the spatial variability of rainfall in weather based index insurance, In: Proceedings of a JRC/IRI meeting on “Index-based insurance for food security in developing countries”, Ispra, May 2012.  The full proceedings can be ordered/downloaded here

H. Greatrex, 2012, "The application of seasonal rainfall forecasts and satellite rainfall estimates to seasonal crop yield forecasting for Africa", PhD Thesis, University of Reading, UK . See here

R.I. Maidment, D.I.F. Grimes, R.P. Allan, H. Greatrex, O. Rojas, and O. Leo, O. (2012), “Evaluation of satellite-based & model re-analysis rainfall estimates for Uganda”. Met. Apps, doi: 10.1002/met.1283 


H. Greatrex, D.I.F Grimes and T.R. Wheeler (2009), “Application of seasonal rainfall forecasts and satellite rainfall monitoring to African crop yield forecasting”, Proceedings of the 42nd Agricultural Modeller’s Meeting, J. of Ag. Sci.

Consultancy publications


D. Yeo and H. Greatrex (2013): "Water Aid Policy Briefing Series - Climate change. 1 Assessing Climate Change". WaterAid, London, UK


H. Greatrex, P. Watkiss et al. (2012) “Ethiopia’s current and future climate”, GCAP technical report, prepared as part of the Government of Ethiopia's Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy

Greatrex, H. "An introduction to satellite rainfall estimates for Africa", Version 1.0, Statistical Services Centre report series, University of Reading.  See here for more details              


H. Greatrex“An analysis of the historical climate at Dodoma, Tanzania”, Statistical Services Centre, 2011,