2013

Worcester Telegram and Gazette | December 21, 2013

First day of Winter likely to bring rain

During recent years when giving his winter predictions, Channel 5 Chief Meteorologist Harvey Leonard has cited the research of Judah Cohen, director of seasonal forecasting for Atmospheric [and] Environmental Research. More...

WCVB chief meterologist Harvey Leonard and AER scientist Judah Cohen discuss the AER Seasonal Forecast for the winter of 2013-2013 and the science that has been successful in past years forecasting winter temperatures and snowfall.

U.S. methane emissions exceed government estimates. Collaborative study indicates fossil fuel extraction, animal husbandry major contributors.

Press release by Verisk Insurance Solutions - Underwriting | November 21, 2013

Verisk Analysis Determines More Than 4.5 Million Households at High or Extreme Risk from Wildfire

Results from the 2013 Verisk Wildfire Risk Analysis by Verisk Insurance Solutions – Underwriting identified the number and percentage of properties at risk from wildfire in 10 states. Verisk conducted the analysis using FireLine™ — powered by AER™ technology — its wildfire risk management solution for insurers. See the results...

Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang blog | November 20, 2013

Judah Cohen’s winter outlook: a downer for East Coast winter weather lovers

"Meteorologist Judah Cohen has earned a stellar reputation for developing accurate winter outlooks. Over the last decade, his outlooks have been right far more often than not. In several instances, they have bested government-issued forecasts. This year, Cohen is predicting..."

Bloomberg BusinessWeek | October 25, 2013

If New York Is Freezing in January Blame Siberian Snow Today

AER's winter seasonal forecasting expertise is highlighted in article about predicting the upcoming winter temperatures for New York and the Northeast.

Verisk Climate and HSB joint press release | October 18, 2013

Verisk Climate and HSB Offer New Technology to Assess Risk from Electrical Blackouts

Blackout Risk Model™ consulting service provided by Verisk Climate and HSB incorporates data and analysis from HSB and Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), a unit of Verisk Climate..

In this podcast and article, Robin Luo, HSB's Vice President and blackout model project manager, explains why power outages are a growing risk causing economic losses over $100 billion per year, and how the Blackout Risk Model helps businesses and insurers manage the risks.

Trading Risk | August 16, 2013

Fermat supports tornado research programme

"ILS fund Fermat Capital is among the sponsors of a new research programme on US and Canadian tornado risk."

"A new research program, launched by scientists at Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) alongside insurance, reinsurance and insurance-linked securities sector companies, aims to quantify any shifts in hazard patterns for severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and hail in the U.S."

AER Emerging Risk research program will create new datasets and assess trends in risk due to climate change.

First observation-based investigation of the relationship between ocean bottom pressure and sea level over the global ocean on interannual time scales.

Insurance & Financial Advisor | July 30, 2013

Hartford Steam Boiler partners for blackout risk service

AER and HSB alliance gives users a better sense of how the intersection of weather events and an aging power grid threaten the power infrastructure on which businesses depend.

The Washington Post | July 13, 2013

When space weather attacks!

Outstanding explanation in “plain English” of the risk to the electrical grid that could occur from a solar flare and recommended approaches to address the problem, summarizing the Lloyd'sreport “Solar Storm Risk to the North American Electric Grid” which was co-authored by AER scientists.

Washington Times | June 18, 2013

Doing something about space weather

Highlights joint research by Lloyd's and AER and initiatives by the federal and state governments and industry to make the electric transmission grid more resilient.

Kyle Beatty of AER explains why P&C insurance companies have asked AER and 11 other companies to conduct research on tornado and hail frequency in Canada and the U.S. AER, Zurich Financial Services and CSC outline the importance of detailed weather and climate data to make better business decisions in insurance, energy, commodities and agriculture.

"Blackouts can leave even the most conscientious risk managers in the dark. With this problem in mind, HSB and AER are partnering to provide a new service that will help risk managers prepare for blackouts."

" “The alliance enables a significant advance in this area and will be a great benefit to the thousands of organizations and tens of millions of people affected every year by blackouts,” said AER president and CEO Ron Isaacs." -Boston Business Journal

Insurance & Technology | May 30, 2013

AER and HSB partners on Blackout Risk Technology

The Munich Re unit has partnered with Atmospheric and Environmental Research to develop a technology that insurers and clients can use to assess blackout risk.