Over the past decade, there has been an explosion in the number of digital analytical tools available to underwriters and brokers. The insurance industry has always been data-driven, but modern catastrophe risk modeling allows us to use data to create a clearer picture of property risks. Adoption of these models has been almost universal and cements their prominent role in insurance and reinsurance analysis and pricing.

It is easy to understand why—some of the possibilities are impressive. The recently released Touchstone 2.0 from AIR Worldwide makes it much easier to model severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Corelogic’s RiskMeter product is available online and looks at 30 natural hazards, from physical hazards to windstorm risk. Another company called Intermap, a provider of geospatial solutions, recently let me beta test their Insite Pro product, which allows users to leverage dependable ground elevations to better qualify flood risk and also features a user-friendly mapping interface.

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