Newark, Calif.-based Risk Management Solutions (RMS), a provider of products and services for the management of catastrophe risk, has appointed Dr. Celine Herweijer to the position of principal scientist, future climate. The role reflects a commitment by the company to explore the evaluation of future climate risk for today’s economic, business and political decisions. Herweijer is a climate scientist, recognized for her work on modeling drought and the impact of oceans on climate. In her new role, she will work around the implications of future climate risk.
RMS said it made the announcement in advance of the February 2nd publication of a report on the current state of knowledge in climate change science, prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report is expected to address evidence that the Earth’s climate is changing in response to increases in greenhouse gas emissions from human activities.
Because of global warming, RMS expects increases in the severity and/or frequency of catastrophic events, and .climate modelers are investigating where and how such impacts should be incorporated in catastrophe models that assess current risk, and how to model changes in risk into the future.