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Nexus of Climate Data, Insurance, and Adaptive Capacity

“Can insurers extend their self-chosen historical role in addressing root causes (as founders of the first fire departments, building codes and auto safety testing protocols) to one of preventing losses at a much larger scale, namely, the global climate?”

-Evan Mills, Science 2005

Please note: Registration is $100/person, and $25/person for students.


Tentative Schedule (subject to change)
Day 1: Schedule of Events

Time Event Location
7:45 – 8:30 am Registration and light refreshments Lounge/Reception
8:30 – 8:50 am Opening Remarks: Josh Dorfman, CEO, The Collider. Robert Erhardt, Workshop Chairperson.
Session 1: The Current State (moderator: Megan Robinson, Chief Operating Officer, The Collider) 
8:50 – 9:20 am Deke Arndt, Chief, Climate Monitoring Branch, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Education Technology Theater
9:20 – 9:50 am Jennifer Jurado, Chief Resilience Officer and Director, Broward County Government Technology Theater
9:50 – 10:20 am Roy Wright, President & CEO, Institute for Business & Home Safety; Former Deputy, FEMA Technology Theater
10:20 – 10:40 am Discussion
10:40 – 11:00 am Break
Session 2: Future States (moderator, Rob Erhardt, Associate Professor of Statistics, Wake Forest University) 
11:00 – 11:30 am Doug Nychka, Professor of Applied Mathematics & Statistics at Colorado School of Mines Technology Theater
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Mitch Roznik, University of Manitoba Technology Theater
12:00 – 12:30 pm Jeremy HessAssociate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Washington Technology Theater
12:30 – 1:45 pm Lunch
Session 3: Changing Extremes and Their Impacts (moderator: Richard Smith, Professor of Statistics, UNC- Chapel Hill)
2:00 – 2:30 pm Dan CooleyAssociate Professor of Statistics, Colorado State University Technology Theater
2:30 – 3:00 pm Raghuveer VinukolluNatural Catastrophe Solutions Manager at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. Technology Theater
3:00 – 3:15 pm Discussion
3:15 – 3:45 pm Breakout Group Formation
3:45 – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 – 5:30 pm Breakout Group Discussions: Current climate data products & their use in insurance; Climate projections and their use in insurance; Extreme flood risks and FEMA; Climate and Health Overlook Lounge
5:30 – 7:30 pm Poster Session and Reception(co-sponsored by the Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society) Overlook Lounge

Day 2: Schedule of Events

Time  Event Location
7:45 – 8:30 am Registration and Refreshments
8:30 – 8:40 am Opening Remarks: Robert Erhardt Technology Theater
Session 4: Synthesis of Climate Data and Insurance (moderator: Jesse Bell, Claire M. Hubbard Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center)
8:40 – 9:10 am Adam Smith, NOAA Technology Theater
9:10 – 9:40 am Steve Kolk, Kolkulations Technology Theater
9:40 – 10:10 am Mathieu Boudreault, Université du Québec à Montréal Technology Theater
10:10 – 10:25 am Discussion
10:25- 10:40 am Break
10:40 – 11:00 am Brief Reports from Day #1 Breakout Group Discussion Leads Technology Theater
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Reconfigure Breakout Group Discussions: Current Climate Data Projections and Their Use, Climate Projections and Their Use, Extremes, Flood Risks and FEMA and Climate and Health
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm Open Group Discussion and Wrap-Up Technology Theater
2:30 pm Adjourn
2:30 – 4:00 pm Organizing Committee Wrap-Up

Please note: Registration is $100/person, and $25/person for students.


Asheville is a favorite travel destination, particularly in the Fall, thus we suggest you apply for registration early and book your hotel room shortly after confirmation you have been accepted. There are several hotels in Asheville both downtown in walking distance from The Collider and outside the downtown area. We have secured 50 rooms at the following hotel at a reduced rate.

Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown: this hotel is 5 minutes walking distance from The Collider, where all the workshop events take place.  The Hyatt Place will honor a reduced group rate of $129/night for the evenings of 11/7 and 11/8 when booked by November 7, 2018. Thereafter, reduced room rates will not be available. To make reservations at this reduced group rate, please contact Star Robertson at star.robertson@parkshotels.com with your name and dates of stay. 

Other nearby hotels include the Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown and the Four Points Downtown

Please note: Registration is $100/person, and $25/person for students.

For any questions, please contact Rob Erhardt at erhardrj@wfu.edu