To aid organizations to better understand climate change impacts and improve resilience and sustainability efforts. Verisk Climate Advisory Council (Nasdaq : VRSK) was formed. Council members will provide strategic guidance and feedback on climate change solutions Verisk is developing, such as the climate conditioning of the company’s extreme event models, and present research, specific to each members’ specialty area, regarding the evolving state of climate change. Verisk’s ongoing research with experts from this council will ensure that it is up-to-date on climate change research and analysis to drive the development of its industry-leading products.
The Verisk Climate Advisory Council is currently comprised of the following climate experts:
- Dr. Cindy Bruyère is the Director for the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes (C3WE) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). She was the 2020-2021 Scientific and Engineering Fellow for University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Her research focuses primarily on the impacts of extreme weather conditions.
- Dr. Henk Dijkstra is a professor of dynamical oceanography at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht and the Director of the Centre for Complex Systems Studies at Utrecht University. His research is focused on the understanding of large-scale ocean circulation and its role in climate system. He uses concepts and methods from complex systems sciences to conduct fundamental studies. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2005, he received the Lewis Fry Richardson medal from the European Geosciences Union.
- Dr. Kenneth E. Kunkel is a research professor of atmospheric sciences at North Carolina State University and lead scientist for assessments with the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies. His research focuses on climate variability and changes, with a particular focus on extreme weather and other climate events. He is the author of numerous chapters in the Third and Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessments. He is a Fellow in the American Meteorological Society.
- Dr. Park Williams is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Park is a hydroclimatologist, whose research seeks to understand the causes of extreme hydrological conditions such as drought. His expertise lies in the causes and effects of drought, how it has affected the American West as temperatures rise, and how to adapt to future droughts and wildfires.
“At Verisk, we have long engaged with leading scientists and engineers, often alongside customers, to ensure the solutions we create reflect the latest science, freshest perspectives and cutting-edge technologies,” Mark Anquillare is the COO and group president of Verisk. “Clients across a wide range of industries that need to understand and manage risk from weather, climate, and environmental perils rely on Verisk for analytic insights and science-based solutions to help assess and mitigate the complex risks associated with a changing climate. We’re fortunate to have the benefit of the council members’ expertise to support this important work.”
Global customers, including Fortune 100 companies, can benefit from Verisk’s scientists, engineers, and product developers. The company has unique data sets, models, and operational expertise in forecasting/observational systems. It also produces a wide variety of indices, global weather models, risk analysis, and other related topics. The Verisk Climate Advisory Council will help address customers’ unique needs to tackle this significant global issue. Verisk’s deep industry expertise, combined with research-backed insight from these highly respected scientists, will inform the company’s decision-making for products and services related to resilience and sustainability.
“Verisk has developed leading extreme event models for addressing risk and continued collaboration with outside experts is critical to maintaining this position in the market,” Bill Churney is president of Extreme Event Solutions, Verisk. “We’re excited to begin working with the council members, and we’re confident that with their feedback we will not only build more sophisticated solutions that reflect our best understanding of the future climate but also offer enhanced value to help our clients better address this critical issue facing society.”