July 2015 | RMSConnect Newsletter

RMS flood report, Version 15.0 resources, 2015 hurricane season and more.
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July 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to the July 2015 issue of RMSConnect. Here’s what’s happening:

  • RMS Flood Insights
    • July 30 Coastal Flood Webinar
    • “The Big Picture” Flood Webinar Recap
    • Europe Flood HD Models: Pre-Release Materials
    • U.S. Enhanced FEMA Flood Zone Data Update
  • RMS Event Reports on Owl
  • Resources and Documentation
    • 2015 North Atlantic Hurricane Season
    • RMS Offshore Platform Industry Exposure Database, July Update
    • Europe Windstorm Clustering
  • RMS in the News
  • RMS Thought Leadership: July Speaking Engagements


RMS Flood Insights

Register Now: Coastal Flood Risk Webinar on July 30

Coastal areas are undergoing some of the most intensive development across the globe and are exposed to substantial flood hazard. Join RMS Chief Research Officer Robert Muir-Wood and Director of Model Development Juergen Grieser for a close look at coastal flood risk, including:

  • Considerations for evaluating coastal exposures
  • Underlying drivers of coastal flood risk
  • Variables important to accurate coastal flood modeling

Risk on the Rise: Understanding and Managing Coastal Flood Risk

Date: July 30, 2015
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT
Register today


Did You Miss Our June 25 Flood Webinar?

We covered a lot of ground in “The Big Picture on Flood Modeling.” If you missed it and want to watch the replay or want to share these insights with colleagues, you can:


Europe Flood HD Models: Pre-Release Materials

The RMS Europe Flood HD models, targeted for release this year, will offer a detailed view of flood risk across 13 countries. These fully probabilistic models use simulated precipitation to correctly capture peril correlation, antecedent condition, and hours clauses. Used in combination with the associated flood hazard maps, this comprehensive solution provides new tools to manage flood risk and expand insurance business in Europe.

These pre-release guidance materials featuring the scope, benefits and hazard maps are now available in Owl:

U.S. Enhanced FEMA Flood Zone Data Update

The second quarterly update to the 2015 RMS U.S. Enhanced FEMA Flood Zone Data (2015 Package 2) is now available. This update reflects the January 2015 to March 2015 changes made to the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps, in addition to revisions made from October 2014 to December 2014, which were included in 2015 Package 1.

RMS clients who license data in RiskBrowser Online will automatically receive this update on July 17. RiskLink and RiskBrowser clients who license RMS U.S. Enhanced FEMA Flood Zone Data can download the updates via secure access links on Owl.

RMS Event Reports on Owl

Based on your feedback, you can now link directly to specific event tab locations within the Event Response section of Owl. This makes sharing event reports easier and more streamlined, and enables you to bookmark key sections of the reports for later references. To get the direct link within an event report, simply click the blue “Get Link” text at the bottom of the page. The RMS Owl team truly values your ongoing input—please continue to share your great ideas by clicking the “Feedback” link at the top of each page. 

Resources and Documentation

2015 North Atlantic Hurricane Event Response

The 2015 North Atlantic hurricane season is officially underway and meteorological forecasts are predicting a below-average season in terms of the number of tropical storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes. Check out the 2015 North Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook and other resources, including:


You can also read this blog on the impacts and lessons learned from Tropical Storm Bill (2015), which struck coastal Texas and parts of the Plains and Midwest in mid-June.

Continue to visit the Version 15.0 Resource Landing Page for information regarding available or upcoming Version 15.0 resources.


RMS Offshore Platform Industry Exposure Database — July Update

The 2015 RMS Offshore Platform Industry Exposure Database (IED) has been updated to reflect the most recent exposure data about mobile rigs and will be updated monthly throughout the hurricane season. Clients who license this database can contact their account manager to request access to the data files. Read more in the RMS Offshore Platform IED files.

New Research on Europe Windstorm Clustering

RMS is continually innovating new and existing products. Currently, we are executing research focused on windstorm clustering in Europe using new data sets and scientific methodologies. Learn more about the project status and highlights with the executive briefing on Owl.

RMS in the News
  • Matthew Nielsen’s byline on privatizing U.S. flood insurance is published in Insurance Journal
  • Dr. Laurent Marescot presented on the importance of side effects of flood for risk modeling at IIF and is quoted in this XPRIMM article
  • Dr. Gordon Woo’s byline on the risk management of emerging pandemics is published in the Asia Insurance Review July issue.
  • Ever tried to explain cat modeling at a cocktail party? Now you can! This in-depth blog post covers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about cat modeling, and more.

RMS Thought Leadership: July Speaking Engagements

Resilient America Roundtable
July 8–10, 2015 / Washington, D.C.
Dr. Robert Muir-Wood, chief research officer, joins a roundtable discussion on enhancing communities’ resilience to floods and earthquakes.

UNISDR Expert Meeting on Developing Indicators for Disaster Risk Reduction
July 27–29, 2015 / Geneva, Switzerland
Dr. Robert Muir-Wood, chief research officer, participates in an expert meeting on the development of a monitoring system for the Sendai Framework.

2nd Catholic Insurance Summit
July 29, 2015
Hemant Shah, co-founder and chief executive officer, presents on catastrophe modeling.

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