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Research Emerging Topics

This page contains emerging research topics in risk management in a variety of areas. As new reports and studies on risk management become available, you’ll find them listed below. Most reports are in PDF format.

 

Climate
General Insurance
U.S. Population

Climate

  • In this category of risk management studies and reports, you’ll find research that explores how climate risk may affect the finance and insurance industries.
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  • Actuarial Weather Extremes
    February 2021

    This report series identifies and examines weather extremes in North America each month. Using data from the Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN), the reports identify and summarize unusual or extreme single-day or multi-day weather events. This report examines individual station records in the U.S. and Canada for four weather metrics from the Global Historical Climatology Network (GHCN): Precipitation (PRCP), Snow (SNOW), Daily Maximum Temperature (TMAX), and Daily Minimum Temperature (TMIN). Extreme snow in the California / Nevada border area in late January produced nearly 70 inches of snow at one station, and reports from nearby areas indicated over 100 inches in a four-day period. Additionally, the report focuses on drought conditions which persist and compared to January 2020 are extreme.

  • Determining the Role of Anthropogenic Climate Change on Human Health Outcomes: A Case Study on Heat Related Illness Attribution
    February 2021

    This report is targeted to actuaries that are interested in identifying the adverse human health outcomes resulting from anthropogenic climate change. As the primary focus of actuarial research is to promote human health and minimize the preventable economic burden, this document also provides recommendations to mitigate against excess heat related illness (HRI) due to extreme heat.

  • Environmental Risk Series
    February 2021
    This report series explores various aspects of environmental risk.

General Insurance

Risk management reports that are relevant to general insurance matters are available for download below.

 

U.S. Population

The Society of Actuaries (SOA) has sponsored a program of research that utilizes U.S. Population Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to produce studies, tools and articles that may be of interest to its members and the public. See the list below for the publications released by the SOA.