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Future Events

The Willis Research Network Autumn Seminar

Date: 1st November 2017 at 14:00 – 17:00.

Location: The Willis Building Auditorium, 51 Lime Street, London EC3M 7DQ.

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The recent catastrophic Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have caught the attention of people all around the world. Willis Towers Watson invite you to an insightful afternoon with a range of prominent and respected speakers in the fields of weather and climate risk, hosted by the Willis Research Network (WRN). The event will present the findings from some of the WRN’s latest scientific collaborations, alongside current analytical projects underway in Willis Re teams around the world, with an emphasis on the latest extreme weather events impacting our industry.

October Seminar Themes

Severe Convective Storms: forecasting a month ahead

Significant loss of life, property damage and business interruption occur when severe convective storms gather, sometimes accompanied by wide swathes of hail and swarms of tornados. Normally, these types of storm systems can only be predicted a few days ahead, so how can we be better prepared for such events? Prasad Gunturi, Executive Director of the Willis Re North America and WRN fellow Dr Chiara Lepore, will present some of our latest WRN research from Columbia University, which can provide forecasts of high risk areas up to a month ahead.

A global view of tropical cyclones: A new catalogue of wind footprints

Global databases of tropical cyclones generally only provide storm tracks and measures of storm intensity, such as pressure or maximum wind speed. Recent WRN research from Dr James Done at NCAR has produced a new methodology for creating a detailed catalogue of wind footprints for storms across the globe, which has been used for catastrophe model evaluation. Introduced by Dr Ioana Dima-West, Head of Model Research and Evaluation, Willis Re International, Dr James Done will provide an overview of the methods behind this catalogue. We will also take a look at the footprints from recent events that have affected the U.S. such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

After the storm: Inland flooding from tropical cyclones 

Over the last few years, our WRN partners at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center have been analysing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) portfolio of losses across the U.S. to understand the impact of tropical cyclone related flooding. Just weeks after the prodigious rainfall and flooding produced by Hurricane Harvey this research is timely and relevant. Dr Jeff Czajkowski, Managing Director for the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center will provide us with insights from this research. He will then provide commentary on Hurricane Harvey in terms of inland flooding and impact on the NFIP, and Hurricane Irma with regards to recent study on the effectiveness of Florida’s building codes.

Recent Events

The Willis Research Network: Seismic Risk Seminar

Date: 23rd February 2017.

Location: The Willis Building Auditorium, 51 Lime Street, London EC3M 7DQ.

Willis Towers Watson held an afternoon of insight and discussion with the Willis Research Network (WRN). The event, held in the London Lime Street Auditorium on February 23rd, discussed trending topics on Seismic Hazard and Risk, and highlighted opportunities for potential research directions that could trigger major advances and improve the way seismic hazard and risk is perceived, assessed and quantified in the Re/Insurance industry.

Slides and videos for the event are now available here and below:

  • Ross Stein: Earthquakes converse by the transfer of stress: The strong evidence for short-distance, long period interactions: video link

  • Emily Brodsky:Earthquakes Triggered by Seismic Waves: video link

  • Tom Parsons: Dynamic earthquake triggering in the Global Aftershock Zone: video link

  • Kim Olsen: Seismic Hazard Analysis in a 3D World: video link

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