Flood Re and Lighthill Risk Network Back Collaborative Project with Leading (Re)Insurers and brokers to identify Flood Hazard Research Priorities

Lighthill Risk Network and Flood Re launch research project to identify key areas of industry needs on Flood Risk Modelling


London, 13 May 2019: Research collaboration organisation, Lighthill Risk Network Ltd (Lighthill), is delighted to announce its support for a major collaborative risk research project, together with joint government and insurance initiative Flood Re.


Flood Re and Lighthill have launched a report “Flood Research Needs of the (Re)insurance sector: collaborating to improve risk understanding and management” which compiles input from Willis Re, Guy Carpenter, Direct Line, Lloyds TSB, Aspen, Allianz, SCOR, and Swiss Re, to identify priorities for Flood Risk Modelling.


Flood risk is a particularly challenging peril to model – losses are rising, and the risk is evolving thanks to trends such as urbanisation, more buildings in exposed areas, failed land-use practices, and climate change.


The report establishes a prioritised list of challenges and questions that the insurance industry has on flood risk modelling to feed into academic priorities and upcoming funding calls.


The highest-ranked research priority is vulnerability curves – (re)insurers feel current damage ratios oversimplify the reality of damage distributions. This is followed by the correlation of rainfall/flood and windstorm hazards – (re)insurers would like to assess the contribution of flood losses to wind events and vice versa.


Further results from the exercise will be distributed on 18-19 June, 2019, at the at the London conference of not-for-profit catastrophe modelling platform Oasis Loss Modelling Framework.


Lighthill Chief Executive Dickie Whitaker said, “We are delighted to support this pioneering and collaborative initiative to prioritise and improve the (re)insurance industry’s understanding of and modelling for flood risk and its collaboration with academia.


Compared to other sectors, (re)insurance has not been prominent on academic research spending. One of the roles of the Lighthill Risk Network in this initiative is to improve the linkages between academia and the (re)insurance Industry – aggregating large companies to help fund research and bridge this gap.


We want to draw knowledge and innovation from academia into insurance and help improve flood model methodologies and development, as well as support end-user validation of flood models, and help improve accuracy of results through improved input data.


Collaborating with key reinsurers and government insurance initiative Flood Re is critical to the success of this research project, which could have a global impact and transform the way we understand and manage flood risks, helping us better mitigate these risks and model for them.”


Gary McInally, Chief Actuary of Flood Re, said, “Our in-house experts, together with the team at The Lighthill Risk Network, have identified the key challenges that the reinsurance industry is facing with modelling flood risk. Flood risk modelling and the production and use of related underwriting tools, is challenging but essential for insurer understanding of risk and appropriate pricing of policies.


We hope that this report will inform and encourage further research into how flood risk modelling can be improved, which will help us and the wider industry to better understand flooding and support more people living in flood prone areas.”


Access the report Flood Research Needs of the (Re)Insurance sector: collaborating to improve risk understanding and management here:



Notes to editors

About Flood Re

Flood Re is a joint initiative between the Government and insurers. Its aim is to make the flood cover part of household insurance policies more affordable.


About Lighthill Risk Network

The Lighthill Risk Network Facilitates and enhances knowledge transfer into from academic, government and commercial experts at the forefront of risk-related research. It is backed and funded by Aon, MS Amlin, Liberty, Guy Carpenter, Lloyd’s and Hiscox.


About Oasis Loss Modelling Framework

Oasis Loss Modelling Framework (Oasis LMF) is a not-for-profit company founded in 2012 to open up the world of cat modelling. It is collectively owned by close to 40 of the world’s leading insurers, reinsurers, brokers and financial institutions.


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