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Insurance and Risk


The Insurance and Risk SIG provides AGI members with a forum to discuss and explore the use of geographical information and geospatial technologies within the insurance and risk sectors.

The AGI Foresight Report predicted the rise of GIS and location information in the insurance sector and this can now be seen in the advanced use of geography by all the major insurers and suppliers to the industry.

The Insurance and Risk SIG aims to:

1. Foster a community around the use of geographic information for insurance and risk

2. Provide examples of best practice in the use of geographic information and geospatial technologies in the insurance industry

3. Help members explore the relationship between the geographic information industry and the insurance industry.

4. Liaise between the public, private and academic sectors on the sharing of risk information related to natural hazards etc.

We’re currently interested in (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Customer targeting and marketing
  • Management
  • Underwriting
  • Claims
  • Natural hazards and catastrophe modelling
  • Big data and open data for risk modelling

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Past Events & Activities:

25 September 2017 - Earthquakes from space: Earth observation for quantifying earthquake risks


The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) Disaster Management Special Interest Group (SIG) and AGI's Insurance and Risk SIG, jointly hosted their Earthquakes from space: Earth observation for quantifying earthquake risks event in London. This event aimed to investigate how earth observation, satellite and geospatial technologies help to better quantify earthquake risk. 

Information about the event and speakers presentations are available here. 

Proceedings were posted in a special report in the International Journal of Remote Sensing. Access here. 

16 September 2016 - Satellite remote sensing for disaster risk reduction and insurance

A successful event attended by over 80 insurance and risk professionals. A full write up can be found here.

You can also download the presentations:

15 April 2015 – Underwriting and modelling floods in the UK: a geographic perspective

Presentations  included:

  • The challenges posed by flood risk – Prof. Edmund Penning-Roswell (Middlesex University)
  • Underwriting flood risk – Jill Boulton (JBA)
  • Managing flood risk – Laurent Marescot (RMS)

24 April 2014 - Inaugural Insurance and Risk SIG Event – Big Data and Emerging Risks

Presentations included:

  • Tony Boobier from IBM
  • Matt Foote from Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance,
  • Catherine Souch from the Royal Geographical Society and Peter Kohler (RBKC) spoke at the event.


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