Tag Archives: Willis Research Network

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 →

Thoughts on the Midwest Tornado Outbreak

November isn’t generally known for tornado outbreaks in the U.S., but mid-way through the month a vicious and deadly swathe of tornados swarmed through the Midwest States of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Michigan leaving widespread damage and destruction … Continue reading →