March 21, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter
The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) will be hosting a workshop on hailstorms and hail damage on Friday, April 8.
The session, titled Understanding the Characteristics of Hailstorms and Hail Damage through Laboratory and Field Research, will only be available by webinar from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on April 8.
Hail continues to represent a large portion of the property losses from severe convective storms each year, which has led the IBHS to enter a comprehensive research program to understand the characteristics of hail and how these factors influence damage, ICLR explained. The effort includes both field and laboratory research to help develop the understanding and tools to mitigate losses due to hailstorms. The presentation will provide an update on ongoing laboratory hail research at IBHS and the role field observations play in improving laboratory impact testing and the detection and forecasting of hail.
Dr. Tanya Brown-Giammanco joined IBHS in 2010 and is the director of hail research and the endowed hail chair at the South Carolina High Wind and Hail Underwriting Association. She is also an adjunct research faculty associate at Texas Tech University. Her responsibilities include providing research leadership on hail, wind, water, and roofing-related research projects.
Dr. Ian Giammanco is the lead research meteorologist at IBHS. His responsibilities include providing leadership in instrumentation design and data collection, multi-hazard research including hail and wildfire, field research programs, and providing guidance on weather and climate issues within the IBHS public policy program.
RSVP: Tracy Waddington