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The Impact on Federal Spending of Allowing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act to Expire
Apr 11, 2014 | read more ›

What We Know about Demand Surge
Apr 08, 2014 | read more ›

Determining tropical cyclone inland flooding loss on a large scale through a new flood peak ratio-based methodology
Apr 02, 2014 | read more ›


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Read all of the news about our activities at the Willis Research Network. The latest ten articles are below. Or you can choose to view either our internal news and press releases or news articles that mention us in the press using the navigation on the left.

Extending Terrorism Insurance Program Could Save Federal Government Money After Future Attacks

Apr 11, 2014

Federal spending after future terrorist attacks on the United States may be higher if the nation's terrorism risk insurance program is allowed to expire, according to a new RAND Corporation study. The analysis finds that in a terrorist attack with losses up to $50 billion, the federal government would spend more helping to cover losses than if it had continued to support a national terrorism risk insurance program....read more ›


Senate Bill to Extend TRIA: Positive, but no Guarantee

Apr 11, 2014

Yesterday, Democratic and Republican Senators jointly submitted draft legislation that proposes a seven-year extension to the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (“TRIPRA”)....read more ›


Forecasting, Flood & Fortitude: Slides available

Mar 25, 2014

Thank you to all those who attended the Willis Research Network: Forecasting, Flood & Fortitude Seminar in London last week. We were delighted by the support and participation from everybody attending the event and we hope that you found the presentations insightful and worthwhile....read more ›


Seasonal Forecast Summary Update

Mar 24, 2014

This document provides a summary of seasonal climate forecasts for northern hemisphere late spring 2014 and early summer 2014 tailored to the needs of the reinsurance industry....read more ›


RAND Study: TRIA Expiration Could “Affect U.S. National Resilience”

Mar 14, 2014

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which provides a federal backstop for insured terrorism losses, will expire later in 2014. There’s been plenty of discussion about the disruption to insurance markets that could be created by failure to renew this program. But a new RAND Corporation study, supported by Willis and other industry leaders, concludes that allowing TRIA to expire could also have negative consequences for U.S. national security....read more ›


Expiration of Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Could Hurt National Security

Mar 06, 2014

Allowing the federal terrorism risk insurance act to expire could have negative consequences for U.S. national security, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation....read more ›


Sunny Spells & Solar Storms

Mar 05, 2014

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. (more…)......read more ›


Forecasting, Flood & Fortitude: An Afternoon with Willis

Feb 25, 2014

Willis would like to invite you to an afternoon of insights from the Willis Research Network (WRN). The event, which is to be held on from 14:00 March 18th, Willis Auditorium, 51 Lime Street, London, will cover some of the most recent developments by the WRN and how these are being implemented in catastrophe risk management decision making....read more ›


Seasonal Forecasting: Understanding the “Crystal Ball”

Feb 14, 2014

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 able to reliably look at the specifics much further than couple of weeks into the future. So how do we gain value from seasonal forecasts that look further into the future?...read more ›


Flood crisis: dredging is a simplistic response to a complex problem

Feb 12, 2014

In an effort to outmanoeuvre one another, our leaders are promising to enact a policy of dubious benefit...read more ›


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As economic, social and environmental uncertainties increase, institutions and populations seek greater resilience to support sustainable growth. Science and insurance lay at the heart of understanding, managing and sharing these risks, building more secure futures at local and global scales.

The Willis Research Network (WRN) operates across the full spectrum of risk from natural catastrophe, to legal liability, financial and security issues linked across driving themes: Resilience, Security & Sustainable Growth; Managing Extremes; Insurance & Risk Management and Mastering the Modelled World.

All Members and activities are united by a common aim: improving resilience by integrating first class science into operational and financial decision-making across public and private institutions.

Latest News

Extending Terrorism Insurance Program Could Save Federal Government Money After Future Attacks
Apr 11, 2014 | read more ›

Senate Bill to Extend TRIA: Positive, but no Guarantee
Apr 11, 2014 | read more ›

Forecasting, Flood & Fortitude: Slides available
Mar 25, 2014 | read more ›

Seasonal Forecast Summary Update
Mar 24, 2014 | read more ›

RAND Study: TRIA Expiration Could “Affect U.S. National Resilience”
Mar 14, 2014 | read more ›

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  • Collectively, our members have published more than 100 papers in leading scientific journals
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