Welcome to Part II of the Season of Flood Webinar series. Complete the RMS Season of Flood journey with an exploration of flood risk in iconic European cities and an examination of global flood management challenges in the 21st century and beyond.
For more Season of Flood Content, view the sessions on-demand here.
European Flood Risk Series: A journey across major European cities seen through the lens of flood risk in the past, present, and future
Explore multi-faceted flood risk imprints of major European cities, focusing on key challenges and potential solutions in managing these risks. From Tower Bridge in London to Notre-Dame in Paris, or the Cologne Cathedral, European cities all have their own collection of distinct and iconic sites – and their own characteristic flood risk imprint. These risk profiles have evolved over time, and will continue to change in the future, as the many interlinked factors determining the risk are changing.
Part I: Past and Present Flood Risk
In the first part of the series, we look back in time, highlight key historical events that paved the way for how flood risk has been perceived and managed over time. Moreover, we contrast the cities’ flood risk imprints and drill down on some of the unique challenges individual cities must cope with.
Wednesday, September 1, 9:00am ET/ 2:00pm BST View On-Demand
- Daniel Bernet
As a product manager, Daniel is responsible for the Europe inland flood models. He has been with RMS for nearly three years, joining RMS after conducting doctoral and postdoctoral research at the Mobiliar Lab for Natural Risks, University of Bern, focusing on the occurrence and modelling of surface water floods. Prior to academia, he was working for a small Swiss NGO managing different water-related projects in Nepal, following the conclusion of a BSc and MSc degree in Environmental Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich.
Part II: Future Flood Risk
Flood risk is driven by many factors that change over time. An important factor is climate change, which alters the severity and frequency of flooding in space and time. In the second part of this series, we show how the risk altered by climate change is not captured by applying a simple bulk factor, but how the changes of risk differ significantly between cities, emission scenarios and time horizons.
Wednesday, September 15, 9:00am ET/ 2:00pm BST View On-Demand
- Joss Matthewman
Senior Director, Product Management & Strategy, RMS
Joss Matthewman recently rejoined RMS as Senior Director of Climate Change Product Management & Strategy. Prior to this Joss was Head of Catastrophe Exposure Management at Hiscox, responsible for natural catastrophe, war, terror and political violence exposure management and reporting across the group.
Before joining Hiscox, Joss spent seven years in model development at RMS where he worked on the North Atlantic Hurricane and Asia Typhoon models, before being appointed Head of Storm Surge Modelling. During this period Joss joined the PRA working group on climate change which he continues to engage with today.
Prior to entering the insurance industry Joss obtained a PhD in Applied Mathematics from UCL and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in climate science at the University of California, Irvine. His published areas of research during this time include stratospheric sudden warmings and the impact of sea-ice on global atmospheric teleconnections.
Part III: Flood Risk Management
We conclude the series by bringing together what we have learned about the past, present and future flood risk. We contrast this against current flood risk management schemes and discuss market challenges as well as potential solutions to become more resilient against the increasing flood risk.
Wednesday, September 29, 9:00am ET/ 2:00pm BST