Research

Together with our members, RPI selects and funds academic research relevant to the (re)insurance industry and assists in translating this research into usable and actionable results for our members.

RPI translates science into improved risk quantification by guiding scientists through funded research projects.

RPI welcomes all relevant research proposals which are judged democratically by our members. We have specific areas of interest also outlined in Requests for Proposal. You may download these RFPs and/or upload your proposal here.

 

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    Sensitivity of an Engineering-Based Tornado Damage Assessment Model to Structural Variations in Target Portfolio - Part 2

    The primary objective of this study is to address the need for development of engineering-based damage assessment models which are applicable to any region of the U.S., and for a full range of potential tornado characteristics (e.g. size, intensity, duration), providing an alternative to the existing empirical models.

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    Bermuda Rainfall Extremes

    Recent localized flooding events in Bermuda motivate an examination of the daily rainfall record, to determine trends and variability of rainfall accumulations. The flood catalogue events are related to daily rainfall amounts to develop a threshold daily rainfall for flood events, determined to be on average 39.3mm of rain.

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    The Extreme Flood Index (EFI):  Climatology, Historical Trends, and a Predictive Metric for the Relationship between Atmospheric Blocking and Heavy Precipitation

    Objectives for the proposed project include establishing a climatology and a historical trend analysis that will link thermodynamic and dynamic changes with extreme precipitation events, and developing an Extreme Flood Index (EFI).

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    How unusual was the 2005 hurricane season in the Atlantic? A Millennial Model Analysis

    The aim of this project is to determine whether climate conditions in the Atlantic TC formation basin in 2005 could be close to the most favorable conditions possible, or whether the climate system to could generate even more favorable conditions.

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    Intensity and Frequency of Severe Hailstorms

    This project seeks to increase the understanding of the intensity and frequency of hailstorms in order to better assess the risk hailstorms pose to (re)insurance companies.

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    Evolution of Some Factors Influencing U.S. TC Landfall Probability: Formation Location, Steering, and TC-EC Interaction

    This study proposes to improve the understanding landfall variability through an examination of three factors known to influence landfall risk in the United States: 1) TC formation location, 2) Steering patterns resulting in “preferred pathways” toward landfall, and 3) TC-extra tropical cyclone interaction just before landfall.