Newark, Calif. – In light of recent dire news about global warming, Risk Management Solutions (RMS) has hired a climate scientist, will pursue initiatives to enhance catastrophe modeling, and will undertake focused case studies to assess the economic implications of climate change for communities and for business. The Newark, Calif. provider of products and services for the management of catastrophe risk announced the first of such initiatives: the appointment of Dr. Celine Herweijer to the position of Principal Scientist, Future Climate.  The newly designated role reflects a commitment by the company to explore the evaluation of future climate risk for today's economic, business, and political decisions, says the company.  Herweijer is a climate scientist, recognized for her work on modeling drought and the impact of oceans on climate. In her new role, Herweijer will lead RMS work around the wide-ranging implications of future climate risk.  Based on accumulating evidence, there is a resounding consensus among scientists that the Earth's climate is changing in response to increases in greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. The global warming trend has accelerated since the 1970s, and 11 of the last 12 years have ranked in the top twelve warmest years since 1850. A warming climate leads to changes in the nature and occurrence of extremes - tropical and temperate windstorms, droughts, heatwaves, and wildfires, as well as floods of all kinds - and for some regions and perils, RMS expects increases in the severity and/or frequency of catastrophic events.  RMS climate modelers are already investigating where and how such impacts should be incorporated in catastrophe models that assess current risk, and how to model changes in risk into the future. "For many regions and perils, hazard of the past is different from the hazard of today, which is in turn different from the hazard of the future," said Dr. Robert Muir-Wood, chief research officer at RMS. "Society is still coming to terms with the profound implications of this - in addition to concerns for the safety and welfare of residents of vulnerable communities, future risk and future value is already beginning to impact today's economic and political decisions, from investment in a ski resort, to development in a canal estate in the Caribbean." The examination of future climate risk is an important development that will help us to meet the needs of business and society, said Herweijer. "We have reached the stage where the economics of the consequences of climate change is going to become a principal motivation for taking action."  Source: RMS     

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