Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) was conceived to develop and apply robust scientific applications to reduce risk and to further the understanding of the global environment and its impact. In 1977, we received our first research grant to analyze the stratospheric ozone depletion problem, which expanded to researching the effects of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) on the Earth’s atmosphere.
Thirty years later, shortly after AER was named one of the 25 largest defense contractors in Massachusetts, we joined the Verisk Analytics Family of Companies. Verisk Analytics is a leading provider of information about risk and risk management, providing predictive analytics and decision-support solutions in actuarial science, weather, climate and catastrophe risk, fraud prevention, insurance coverages, fire protection, data management, and many other fields. When Verisk Analytics went public in 2009, it was the largest IPO in the U.S. that year. Verisk Analytics is traded under the name VRSK on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
Our association with Verisk Analytics has enabled AER to extend to more organizations worldwide our understanding of how emerging issues – such as the Earth’s atmosphere and global climate change – impact risk and risk-management strategies.
At AER today, we use our deep understanding of weather and climate risk to uncover mitigation and operational adaptation opportunities for businesses and governments. We provide the science, technology and expertise they need to reduce risk; contain costs; and improve outcomes for individuals, physical and financial assets, and national security missions.