We collaborate with many organizations and agencies, such as 100 Resilient Cities, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), and Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), to work for a better world.
100 Resilient Cities
100 Resilient Cities (100RC)—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation—is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Member cities represent a diverse economic and geographic group, ranging from Accra (Ghana), Juarez (Mexico), and Phnom Penh (Cambodia) to Boston (U.S.) and London (U.K.). AIR Worldwide became a 100RC “Platform Partner” to provide tools, expertise, and services to 100RC Network members. Individual cities that work with AIR can improve their resilience to physical, financial, and social challenges by leveraging the latest developments in catastrophe modeling and associated research.
Global Earthquake Model
AIR Worldwide is a founding sponsor of the Global Earthquake Model, a project led by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Through the collaborative efforts of global scientists and stakeholders, the project aims to develop the world’s first open-source model for seismic risk assessment. AIR scientists and engineers are proud to be key contributors to a project that promotes a greater understanding of seismic risk and will lead to increased earthquake resilience and reduced earthquake losses worldwide.
Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration named Verisk a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. The program recognizes companies improving the country’s readiness, responsiveness, and resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. NOAA based its selection on Verisk’s message for the insurance industry that educates the public about disaster preparedness and response — offering lifesaving information on extreme weather events and environmental hazards.
Risk Prediction Initiative 2.0
AIR recently joined the Risk Prediction Initiative 2.0 (RPI2.0), a not-for-profit organization that promotes dialogue between scientists, insurers, and reinsurers involved in catastrophe risk. RPI2.0 plays a significant role in funding scientific research on natural hazards, such as hurricanes, typhoons, and tornadoes.
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
ISO is a member of the national nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and protecting families from natural and man-made disasters. As a FLASH partner, we encourage communities to build disaster-resistant buildings to help minimize the effect of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other catastrophes. We’re committed to spreading the word about disaster safety and empowering people and communities to live in safe and sustainable homes.
Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Verisk is a member of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, which conducts research and educational programs designed to strengthen homes, businesses, and communities against the threat of natural disasters and other causes of loss. Serving on the IBHS Research Advisory Council provides Verisk a unique opportunity to use our weather, imagery, claims, and policy data, as well as our deep domain expertise, to help further the organization’s mission, which has multiple environmental benefits for the consumer.
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum
Verisk Maplecroft, in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact, has implemented the Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum, with funding from the GE Foundation. The forum is a multi-stakeholder online platform aimed at helping companies and other human rights stakeholders understand and share real-world challenges relating to the protection of human rights — particularly in emerging economies. Forum users propose, explore, and discuss a wide range of dilemmas and potential good practices in such areas as conflict minerals, forced labor, freedom of religion and speech, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, migrant workers, and security forces.
American Red Cross Ready When the Time Comes
AIR is a partner corporation with Ready When the Time Comes, an American Red Cross program that trains employees from participating corporations and mobilizes them as a volunteer force when disaster strikes. The partnership promotes community engagement, teaches employees new skills, and enables volunteers to respond to critical local needs. AIR volunteers stand ready to help those affected by hurricanes, storms, floods, tornadoes, and explosions.
Sharing the Science
AER astrophysicist Lisa Winter finds promising new approach to predict solar flare intensity sooner
Astrophysicists are searching for ways to predict the timing and intensity of solar flares because, occasionally, a powerful solar flare can pose a health hazard to astronauts or disrupt telecommunications by disabling satellites or impairing radio communications. Even a few minutes of warning could help avoid damage.
AER astrophysicist Lisa Winter and her solar physicist colleague K.S. Balasubramaniam from the Air Force Research Laboratory identified a promising new approach to predict solar flare intensity sooner. Their research shows that scientists can use the flood of X-rays from the sun that precede a solar flare to determine the flare’s ultimate power and, therefore, the likelihood for damage.
As published in ScienceNews magazine, “By monitoring solar X-rays, astronomers can identify an upcoming X-class flare, the most intense designation, about 6.7 minutes before the flare reaches its peak…Applying their findings to the most recent bout of solar flares that began in January, 2008, the researchers successfully predicted the intensities for all X-class flares [the most intense designation] and 76 to 81 percent of the weaker flare designations. Lisa and her research colleague now plan to implement their forecasting technique in real time and predict flare intensities even further in advance.”