My experience as a geographer helps me see every component of our work as a part of a greater picture
I am a catastrophe risk modeller at Risk Management Solutions (RMS). My work focuses on the mathematical modelling of tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons) to quantify their loss-potential. The product we develop is primarily oriented towards the (re)insurance industry, with broad applications for DRM.
In this role, I benefit from my background combining geography (MSc) and climate science (PhD). My previous experience includes academic research and science diplomacy. All these perspectives contribute to conducting impactful work with interdisciplinary collaborations.
How do the spatial aspects interact with the other elements of DRM?
Spatial information is essential to various aspects of DRM. For the physical hazard, for example, we rely on having the appropriate representation of topography and other land conditions (including land use and land cover) in models to simulate the evolution of extreme weather systems. When it comes to the potential impacts on communities and properties, the analysis and characterization of their spatial distribution is a fundamental part of DRM efforts.
How do you apply geography in your role?
Besides the technical skills of geospatial analysis, I think the comprehensive point of view is perhaps equally if not more important. My experience as a geographer helps me see every component of our work as a part of a greater picture. Plus, the interactions with dedicated colleagues from diverse academic backgrounds make me appreciate the scientific work even more.
How would you encourage geographers to work with DRM?
Geographers are particularly well-suited to pursue a wide range of topics relating to DRM. The study of geography encompasses the components of DRM from the physical hazards to the socio-economic impacts, providing comprehensive perspectives. I would encourage any geographer and aspiring DRM professional to build on that broad foundation, find your specialised edge, and collaborate widely.