Tag Archives: Willis Research Network

How to model a windstorm

Storm Angus hit the U.K. earlier this month (also known as Nannette as designated by the Free University of Berlin). Although insurance industry losses are not expected have much impact on the reinsurance industry, the storm did produce high winds … Continue reading →

Huracán Matthew

El huracán más mortal en 11 años llegó hace unos veinte días. Después de hacerse camino a través del Caribe, por Haití y al oriente de Cuba, a través de las Bahamas y luego a lo largo de la costa este … Continue reading →

Matthew

The deadliest hurricane in 11 years has struck around a fortnight ago. After tearing a path through the Caribbean, across Haiti and Eastern Cuba, through the Bahamas and then along the east coast of the U.S., it was finally absorbed … Continue reading →

Winter storms and hurricanes, all of an afternoon

A forecast given by a long-range climate model differs to that of a short-range weather model, as it expresses the likelihood of all possible outcomes rather than just one solution. Continue reading →

Has hurricane season peaked?

As an ex-weather forecaster, and redoubled through my role working with the Willis Research Network, I have always been involuntarily drawn toward extreme weather. For me, the peak of hurricane season always brings both excitement and anticipation at the prospect … Continue reading →

Continued industry/academic collaboration will improve understanding of catastrophe risk

Robust interaction among commercial catastrophe model vendors, re/insurers, intermediaries, and academic and government researchers is the best way to ensure our industry has the tools to deal with a changing risk environment. Continue reading →

Could a tsunami wipe out the U.K. coastline?

Tsunami is a risk unlike any other natural catastrophe: it has the potential to dramatically change the landscape in a very short space of time, leaving devastation in its wake. And as an island, the U.K. is potentially vulnerable to … Continue reading →

Sunny Spells & Solar Storms

solar flare

When the maelstrom of super-heated gas that is the Sun’s surface ties itself in a knot, the results can be both unimaginably powerful and blindingly beautiful. Continue reading →

Seasonal Forecasting: Understanding the “Crystal Ball”

weather forecasting

Weather prediction improved leaps and bounds during the satellite era, and in recent decades computational capabilities have grown immensely. However, forecasting the details of weather (rainfall amounts and locations for example) has fundamental limits, meaning we are unlikely to be … Continue reading →

Suits & Hoodies: Different Approaches Toward Utilising Big Data

Suits vs Hoodies

Recently I was lucky enough to attend some of lectures at the Gartner Symposium held in Barcelona. The conference was the stage for two sets of battles, the first of which involved Microsoft and Google in the battle of the … Continue reading →