Arindam Samanta

Arindam Samanta

Dr. Arindam Samanta manages FireLine™, Verisk’s wildfire risk management tool for the insurance industry. In addition, his team develops and maintains a range of property risk-assessment tools related to hail, wind, and lightning that are part of Verisk's Prometrix® Peril and Incident Report and LOCATION® services. His scientific and technical expertise spans several areas, including advanced satellite remote sensing and image science, climate dynamics and change, data science and machine learning, and natural hazard risk analysis. The national and international news media—including the BBC and Nature and Science magazines—have highlighted his research. Dr. Samanta is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


    Posts by Arindam Samanta

    FireLine Examines the Erskine Wildfire

    To date, wildfires in California this season have burned more than 150,000 acres, and—with five major wildfires burning at this writing—that number continues to grow. California seems poised for yet another year of devastating wildfires. The Erskine fire stands out as the most destructive California wildfire so far this year and ranks as the 15th […]

    FireLine and the Fort McMurray Fire

    As of this writing, firefighters are still battling the Fort McMurray fire in Western Canada, and authorities are restricting access to the area. The fire is a major incident, and Verisk’s Property Claim Services® (PCS®) has designated the Fort McMurray fire a catastrophe. Through our FireLine™ wildfire risk management service and Respond™ monitoring service, we’ve […]

    Examining California’s Valley and Butte Fires: FireLine Identifies Affected Properties

    The summer of 2015 was a season of wildfire devastation for Northern California. In September alone, two fires in Northern California—the Butte and Valley Fires—burned through nearly 147,000 acres and set 1,600 properties ablaze. The two fires are among the most damaging in California history, based on the number of structures burned. The Valley Fire […]

    Two PCS Catastrophes: Wildfires Rage in California

    The Valley Fire in Middletown could become one of the top five costliest wildfires in California history and may cause the largest losses since 2007. The Butte and Valley Fires, both designated PCS® catastrophes, are the fastest-burning Northern California wildfires in decades.  The Valley Fire alone has destroyed more than 585 homes, 20 commercial buildings, […]

    Key findings from the 2015 Verisk Wildfire Risk Analysis

    As California faces one of the most severe droughts on record, it’s not surprising that the 2015 Verisk Wildfire Risk Analysis identifies it as the state with the most households at high or extreme risk from wildfires — more than 2 million homes. Interestingly, Montana, one of the three new states added to this year’s […]

    The Science of Perils

    The newly released Prometrix® Peril and Incident Report brings to commercial insurers, for the first time, the most granular and up-to-date analytics on a range of perils – wind, lightning, hail and wildfire – that are sources of multi-billion dollar losses. These analytics represent decades of scientific and technological expertise on insights gleaned from a […]