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Earth Observation & Remote Sensing

Earth observation has considerable potential to enhance and refine our knowledge and understanding of risk and yet information gathered via satellite earth observation and other forms of remote sensing is not yet fully exploited by the insurance industry.

Geospatial research and innovation is a major component of the WRN programme, providing a primary channel for the delivery and application for significant elements of research and science. Mapping technologies are augmented by a growing range of observational platforms, including satellites, which are enhancing access to consistent and global information on hazards, events, exposure and processes.

The WRN is working to increase the insurance industry's use of data sourced via earth observation.

Latest on Earth Observation & Remote Sensing

  • Forecast cooling of the Atlantic subpolar gyre and associated impacts

    Date: Jul 09, 2014 | Type: Paper | Journal: Geophysical Research Letters | Ext. Link: Click Here ›

    Pillar: Natural Hazard & Risk
    Hub: Earth Observation & Remote Sensing

    Authors: Hermanson et al.
    Fields: Climate dynamics, Impacts of global change

    Summary: Decadal variability in the North Atlantic and its subpolar gyre (SPG) has been shown to be predictable in climate models initialized with the concurrent ocean state. Numerous impacts over ocean and land have also been identified.

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    Skillful long-range prediction of European and North American winters

    Date: Apr 16, 2014 | Type: Paper | Journal: Geophysical Research Letters | Ext. Link: Click Here ›

    Pillar: Natural Hazard & Risk
    Hub: Earth Observation & Remote Sensing

    Authors: Scaife et al.
    Fields: Climate dynamics, Climate variability, Coupled models of the climate system, Global climate models

    Summary: Until recently, long-range forecast systems showed only modest levels of skill in predicting surface winter climate around the Atlantic Basin and associated fluctuations in the North Atlantic Oscillation at seasonal lead times. Here we use a new forecast system to assess seasonal predictability of winter North Atlantic climate

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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.

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