Webinar: "The Meteorology Behind Catastrophe Models: Facts and Implications"

(Casualty Actuarial Society)

This is a Webinar presented by the Casualty Actuarial Society and led by presenter, Peter Sousounis, a Penn State Meteorology alumnus.

What UG Homepage GR WxRiskClub
When Sep 23, 2010
from 12:00 pm to 01:30 pm
Where 529 Walker Building
Contact Name Lynn Persing
Contact email
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The Department of Meteorology has registered a "group registration" for this Webinar, so your attendance is free.  Just show up in 529 Walker.

Program Description

Have you ever wondered how meteorological information is utilized in the hurricane model you rely on? This session will discuss the meteorological aspects of catastrophe models with a focus on tropical cyclones. Explanations of the physical processes that control the wind field high above the ground and how friction and terrain influence the observed wind at the surface will be provided, as well as how these phenomena are reflected in the models. Impacts of climate signals on hurricane frequency and steering will also be discussed. Finally, an overview of important meteorological aspects as they relate to winter storm and severe storm models will be included.

Intended Audience

This webinar is open to CAS Members and Non-Members. Members whose responsibility areas include Catastrophes, Pricing / Ratemaking, Reinsurance Risk and Capital Management, and Underwriting / Marketing are encouraged to attend.


Dr. Peter Sousounis is a Principal Atmospheric Scientist in the Research and Modeling Division at AIR Worldwide, where he has worked for more than four years. His current responsibilities include overseeing development and improvement of the suite of Asia Pacific Typhoon Models, which now cover China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, The Philippines, and will soon extend to South Korea. Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Sousounis was a professor of Meteorology at the University of Michigan for ten years and then worked briefly with WSI Corporation to develop their real-time numerical weather prediction capability. Dr. Sousounis earned his M.S. in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying Tropical Meteorology and his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University studying cold air outbreaks over the Great Lakes.

More information:   http://www.casact.org/education/webinar/2010/index.cfm?fa=meteor_cat