AIR Worldwide Releases Next Generation U.S.
July 19, 2010 08:21 AM Eastern Daylight Time
BOSTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) released the
latest version of the AIR Hurricane Model for the United States. Version 12.0 includes extensive updates to the
hazard and vulnerability components of the model that incorporate the latest science, data, and detailed claims
information from recent storms to provide a more comprehensive realistic and detailed view of U.S. hurricane risk.
Along with certification by the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology, the updated model
was independently reviewed by three world-renowned hurricane researchers and six widely respected wind
“I’m impressed by the level of knowledge and understanding of the AIR research team,” said Dr. Kerry Emanuel,
professor, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“The Version 12.0 update to the AIR U.S. hurricane model incorporates enhancements that encompass virtually
every component of the model,” said Dr. Peter Dailey, assistant vice president and director of atmospheric science
at AIR Worldwide. “The update sets a new standard for the industry by providing a more complete view of U.S.
hurricane risk and a significantly better method for differentiating the risk to properties based on such factors as
geography, construction, occupancy, year built, and individual building characteristics.”
Recent research in atmospheric science has enabled wind modeling with unprecedented fidelity and accuracy. The
model’s hazard module incorporates improved knowledge of the full 4-D structure of hurricanes, including the
development of the storm footprint over time, the rate of the decrease in wind speed moving away from the eye of a
hurricane, and the relationship between upper-level and surface winds. The model also captures directional effects of
surface friction by explicitly