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A Pan-European Peril

Windstorms can cause considerable damage across large domains. While severe windstorms such as Daria in 1990 or Lothar in 1999 may be infrequent, RMS models provide solutions for multiple use cases, from underwriting to portfolio management and capital adequacy.

Wind and Storm Surge

A comprehensive list of wind-related perils, including extratropical cyclone winds and storm surge.

Regional Vulnerability

Hundreds of regional vulnerability functions including local building design, market practices, and unique risks from forestry to offshore wind farms.

Understand Uncertainty

An unprecedented number of sensitivity views allow you to understand uncertainty in hazard climate variability, clustering of storms, or vulnerability.

Model Features

How RMS can help you understand this key peril for Europe.

Understand Tail Risk

An innovative hybrid approach that combines numerical and statistical models, as well as historical events to deepen insights.

Local Focus

Enhanced building vulnerability definition and representation of regional construction practices offer variations in vulnerability by geography and risk type.

Granular Hazard Variability

Models incorporate high-resolution surface roughness data for modeling granular hazard variability, calibrated using extensive weather station data.

Extensive Validation

Model outputs validated against millions of claims, representing several tens of billion of claims.


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