Just over a year ago, four North American actuarial associations launched a comprehensive web tool – the Actuaries Climate Index (ACI) – that provides actuaries, public policymakers, and the general public with objective data about changes in the frequency of extreme climate events over recent decades.
As we move into our second year and consider how we can enhance the ACI user experience, we are seeking your feedback through a short (3-minute) online survey.
As a reminder, the ACI measures changes in extremes of high and low temperatures, winds, heavy precipitation, and drought, along with changes in sea level, in 12 different regions in Canada and the continental United States. Higher index values indicate an increase in the occurrence of extreme weather events. All the data used for the quarterly analysis comes from neutral, scientific sources, and can be downloaded from the ACI website, providing an interesting tool for teachers, students, actuaries and mathematicians.
Since the launch a year ago, the website has been visited almost 25,000 times. Nearly 5,000 documents have been accessed and 2,000 data sets have been downloaded. The website has been updated with quarterly seasonal data three times over the past year, with the most recent data carrying through winter 2017.
What would you like to see and access through the ACI website in 2018? The site sponsors – the American Academy of Actuaries, Canadian Institute of Actuaries, Casualty Actuarial Society and Society of Actuaries – appreciate your input. Please complete the online survey by January 31, 2018.