What happens when the lights go out?
In this IIL property lecture delivered by Dr Mike Maran attendees gained awareness of a relatively new and poorly understood emerging risk and its impact on society and the insurance industry with particular focus on property business.
Geomagnetic storms are a poorly understood phenomenon, extremely difficult to predict and impossible to control.
The hazard has only been a threat since the industrial age with the risk escalating as our dependence on power and technology grows at an ever increasing rate.
However, the extent of the potential damage to modern infrastructure and society has only been recognised relatively recently, and whilst the impact on the insurance industry has not been fully explored, potentially enormous exposures clearly exist. In this lecture, Dr Maran explored some of these issues.
By the end of this lecture members would have gained an insight into:
- The science behind geomagnetic storms and how they affect the Earth
- How industry, infrastructure and society would be affected by such an occurrence
- How the insurance market will be impacted
Mike Maran became Chief Science Officer at XL Catlin in 2012, previously holding the position of Satellite Underwriter since 2002. He gained his Astrophysics PhD from Queen Mary, London and is a Chartered Insurer with 30+ years London Market experience.
Andy Brooks FCII.
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