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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.

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About WRN

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.

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Fast Facts

  • The WRN was formed in September 2006 to support leading academic research into extreme events, with a specific focus on responding to the challenges faced by businesses, insurers and governments
  • The WRN's membership spans the globe, counting more than 50 world-class universities, scientific research organisations and public policy institutions
  • Collectively, our members have published more than 100 papers in leading scientific journals
  • Nearly all of the WRN's research is freely available to the public and can be downloaded on our website

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