Reask appoints new Climate Science Advisor


Climate analytics and technology driven risk modelling firm Reask, has appointed Daniel Swain, PhD, as Climate Science Advisor as the company expands perils covered by its global climate connected technology.

According to the announcement, Reask’s new advisor will provide academic oversight of existing technology and advise in the development of its new convective storm, drought, and wildfire models.

Swain currently holds joint appointments within UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, and The Nature Conservancy. He is also a climate advisor to Climate Check, and formerly a meteorological advisor to Bloomsky.

Commenting on his appointment, Daniel said: “The recent acceleration in interest surrounding climate change in the private sector has brought about a surge in the use (and misuse) of climate information, but often there is little scientific substance behind what can amount to repackaged data that already existed.

“The Reask team, by contrast, is doing something rare in this space, using cutting-edge approaches that are deeply rooted in the underlying physical science. I’m impressed by what’s going on ‘under the hood’, and I’m optimistic that the solutions being pioneered by Reask will move the needle toward much-needed improved natural hazard predictions in an era of globally-increasing climate extremes.”

Reask has stated it is on a mission to be the leading provider of next-generation Nat Cat modelling, worldwide. It currently delivers global tropical cyclone models to market-leading clients, such as Swiss Re, AXA, parametric insurer Descartes, and ILS firms Securis and Twelve Capital.

Thomas Loridan, Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, said: “With Daniel’s experience, and expertise, Reask will continue to develop its existing global models and develop new ones, covering convective storms, drought, and wildfires, which will operate at the very edge of current academic understanding of these phenomena.

“Daniel will hold us to the highest academic standards, as a climate scientist with a background in both atmospheric and Earth system science, positioning us to equip the industry with modelling solutions grounded in transparent, scientific rigour. His capabilities over a wide range of extreme events will be a key step for Reask in ensuring we scale our approach to all atmospheric perils globally.

Source: Reinsurance News,

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