An Introduction to the Actuaries Climate Index

May 18, 2017
Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT

Sponsored by the American Academy of Actuaries, the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, the Casualty Actuarial Society, and the Society of Actuaries.

The Actuaries Climate Index (ACI) was designed to provide actuaries, public policymakers, and the general public with objective data about changes in the frequency of extreme climate events over recent decades. This webinar explored the ACI, giving an overview of the index and a discussion of its goals and future improvements.
During the webinar, presenters:
  • Provided an introduction to the ACI and how it came about;
  • Reviewed particular ACI components and provided highlights from the ACI website;
  • Introduced the Actuaries Climate Risk Index (ACRI); and
  • Outlined plans and future improvements for the ACI and ACRI.
Attendees got a behind-the-scenes look at the ACI from those who were involved in its development and launch. 


  • This webinar was free.

  • Doug Collins, FCAS, MAAA, Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS)
  • Caterina Lindman, FCIA, FSA, Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA)
  • Jim MacGinnitie, MAAA, FCAS, FSA, American Academy of Actuaries
  • Ronora Stryker, ASA, MAAA, Society of Actuaries (SOA)

The American Academy of Actuaries believes in good faith that your attendance at this live webinar may constitute an organized activity as defined under the current Qualification Standards for Actuaries Issuing Statements of Actuarial Opinion in the United States depending on your area of practice. Under these Qualification Standards, an hour of continuing education is defined as 50 minutes, and fractions of an hour may be counted.


Christelle DieudonneDoug Collins is a retired actuary living in Maine. He is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He has served as president of the Casualty Actuaries of Bermuda and of the Casualty Actuaries of Europe. He is currently chair of the Climate Change Committee, the jointly sponsored body that developed the ACI. Collins spent the majority of his career with Tillinghast, Nelson & Warren, and its successor organization, Towers Perrin, in Connecticut, Bermuda, and London. As a consultant, Collins worked on a wide variety of projects, including the development and evaluation of natural hazard catastrophe models.

Adrian-BaskirCaterina Lindman is a recently retired actuary, with over 35 years of experience in the insurance industry. Lindman is recognized as a leading actuary in Canada and internationally in the area of climate change research. She is the chairperson of the Actuaries Climate Index Working Group, and a member of the CAS’s Climate Change Committee, the SOA’s Climate and Environmental Sustainability Research Committee, the International Actuarial Association’s Resource and Environment Group, and the CIA’s Climate Change and Sustainability Committee.  

Jim MacGinnitieJim MacGinnitie is the American Academy of Actuaries’ first senior casualty fellow, charged with communicating the Academy’s work on casualty actuarial issues pertaining to cybersecurity, extreme weather and catastrophic event risks, workers’ compensation, medical professional liability, reinsurance, auto insurance, and many more property/casualty issues to the public and to public policymakers. He also was professor of actuarial science at the University of Michigan in the mid-1970s. He is a past president of the Academy, the Casualty Actuarial Society, the Society of Actuaries, and the International Actuarial Association.


Ronora Stryker is a research actuary at the Society of Actuaries. She supports the SOA’s risk management and life insurance and annuity practice research activities. She also has been instrumental in the initiation of the SOA’s climate risk research, especially the Actuaries Climate Index and Actuaries Climate Risk Index. Stryker is also a member of the Actuaries Climate Index Working Group. Prior to joining the SOA in 2002, Ronora was an actuarial consultant specializing in individual health insurance product development.

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