Willis Leads Antarctic Research to Better Understand Impact of Climate Change

Willis Group Holdings, the global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker, is sponsoring a scientific program in Antarctica from November 2013 to January 2014 to better understand our changing climate and build resilience to weather-related risk.

The Willis Resilience Expedition will undertake three scientific research projects focused on how the climate is changing in Antarctica, a region which provides an important signal for the rate and scale of global environmental changes.

This expedition will be led by Parker Liautaud, a 19 year old polar explorer, student of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale and respected international climate science campaigner.

The scientific survey and research conducted in Antarctica will include:

The Willis Resilience Expedition builds on many years of significant investment in climate science, earth observation and natural hazard risk assessment by the Willis Research Network in partnership with academic institutions around the world.

Commenting on the expedition, Rowan Douglas, chairman of the Willis Research Network; member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and member of the Natural Environment Research Council, said:

“We need to model the insurance industry’s exposure to climate-related risk to fulfill the stringent requirements of financial regulation. We hope that the Willis Resilience Expedition’s science and survey program will provide scientists with important data to inform their models which, in turn, provide inputs to our own systems to estimate the risk of extreme events. The Antarctic is the canary in the cage for the pace and thresholds for wider global processes and impacts.”

The 40-day Willis Resilience Expedition is comprised of two phases: scientific research and extreme challenge. Once the scientific survey is complete, Parker will set off on the second phase: an attempt to set a new world record for an unsupported coast-to-pole crossing. With his expedition partner Doug Stoup, Parker will attempt to ski 397 miles (640km) in 22 days. In achieving the distance, Parker will also become the youngest male to ski from the coast to the South Pole.

For more information on the Willis Resilience Expedition visit www.willisresilience.com.

Source: Willis Group Holdings