20th Annual Meeting | June 6-8, 2018 | Miami, FL, USA

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June 6-8, 2018  |   Miami, FL, USA

Event Hotel and Meeting Location:
Royal Palm South Beach Miami
1545 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States

Registration: (Early Bird rates available until May 4!)

Early Bird Rates
(Before May 4)
Regular Rates
(After May 4)
WRMA Member $795 $995
Non-WRMA Member $1195 $1495
University/NGO $395 $495
Non- Member University/NGO $595 $695


An updated attendee list will be posted in the coming weeks.

Hotel Reservations:
To make a hotel reservation please call 1 (305) 604-5700 and mention WRMA or to book online please click here. *Group rate is available until May 15, 2018 and is subject to availability.

Support the mission of WRMA while promoting your company’s brand at WRMA’s 20th Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida. With our wide variety of sponsorship opportunities, your logo and marketing materials will be front and center to our global network of weather risk professionals. Most sponsorships include complimentary passes, so please reserve your level prior to registering.

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This dynamic event includes two networking events, multiple networking breaks, and sessions designed for open communication and collaboration. Please reference below for a preview of the meeting agenda.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018………Royal Palm South Beach Miami, 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm………….WRMA Board of Directors Meeting
  • 5:30pm – 7:30pm………….Opening Reception / 2nd Annual Economics of Weather/Climate Conference Student Showcase
Thursday, June 7, 2018…………Royal Palm South Beach Miami, 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • 8:00am – 9:00am………….Check-in and Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 9:10am………….Welcome and Introductions: WRMA President Brad Hoggatt, MSI GuaranteedWeather
  • 9:10am – 10:00am………..Keynote: How and To What Extent Can Public Policy Makers Influence Private Sector Companies to Invest in Climate Resilience?
  • 10:00am – 10:30am………Networking Coffee Break
  • 10:30am – 11:30am……….Recent High-Impact US Weather Event Round Table: The Future is Now, Risk Management in a Non-Stationary Environment

Panelists will discuss examples of recent high-impact weather events throughout the US, as well as the insurance and reinsurance industry’s role in the 2017 cat season (including ILS, ILWs, cat funds, weather-index insurers, property cat reinsurers, etc.). Looking back to several fall 2017 examples, the case study example of Miami and Miami Dade County’s approach in mitigating climate risk will be explored. Also, context of other recent weather trends will also be discussed, such as how the weather index market has fared following another warm winter.

  • 11:30am – 12:15pm………Identifying and Mitigating Ocean Risk: Ubiquitous Challenges and Opportunities

During this session, speakers will discuss the impact of rising SST on coral reefs and tourism, as well as availability of ocean data sets.

  • 12:15pm – 1:30pm………..Lunch
  • 1:30pm – 2:45pm………….The Evolving Energy Landscape: State of the Market

Panelists will address trends in the energy landscape and what they see as the current state of this market.

  • 3:45pm – 3:45pm………….WRMA’s 2nd Annual – The Economics of Weather, A Student Conference

WRMA and its members recognize the paramount importance of rapidly evolving observational and prognostic atmospheric technologies to the future of weather risk management, and this portion of the conference is intended to strengthen the interaction/collaboration between risk providers, hedgers, and the research community. The following students with winning research abstracts are invited to provide brief presentations on their research, on these following topics.

  • 3:45pm – 4:15pm………….Networking Coffee Break
  • 4:15pm – 5:00pm………….International Weather Risk Roundup: Real-World Applications

A global round up – US, Europe, Asia-Pac – summarizing the key sectors from the buy side as well as new developments and innovations.

  • 5:00pm – 5:30pm………….WRMA Business Session
  • 6:30pm – 9:00pm………….Reception – Location TBA
Friday, June 8, 2018…………Royal Palm South Beach Miami, 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • 8:00am – 9:00am…………..Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:00am ………….Demystifying Satellite Rainfall Products: Strengths, Weakness, and Comparisons with Traditional In-Situ Observations

An overview of data availability, methodology, and characteristics of remotely sensed (satellite and radar) rainfall estimation systems will be provided with specific linkages to weather index applications. Moreover, derived rainfall data will be compared to in-situ observations as well as other satellite-based and/or reanalysis products to highlight that there is not a “winner-take-all” observational platform, rather one needs to understand the context of each situation/focus on the key index requirements before deciding upon the most appropriate data source.

  • 10:00am – 10:30am…………Summer 2018 Forecast and Winter 2018/19 Early View

The boreal winter of 2017/2018 can be best described as highly volatile and dynamic. A plethora of atmospheric and oceanic forcing mechanisms superimposed to create memorable verifying weather regimes/patterns.This session will provide a post-mortem of the 2017/2018 winter as well as include the 2018 summer and 2018/2019 winter outlooks.

  • 10:30am – 11:00am……….Beyond ENSO:  New Signals of Seasonal to Interannual Predictability of Surface Climate and Extreme Weather Events

ENSO (El Nino/Southern Oscillation) provides the foundation upon which traditional seasonal forecasts are based. Encouraging new research is emerging that has identified additional considerations that provide enhanced predictive skill on seasonal and interannual time scales. This session will explore these new atmospheric and oceanic indices that show such prognostic promise.

  • 11:00am – 11:30am………..Networking Coffee Break
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm………..Regulatory Update

A round up of the latest  legal and regulatory developments affecting the weather risk industry, including Brexit and the transitional period, changes to Dodd Frank, Initial Margin’s “Big Bang” and SIMM,  Cross Border equivalence, Benchmark Reform, Bank and CCP resolution regimes.