JBA Risk Management launches Climate Change Analytics: groundbreaking data supporting global financial sector with long-term risk management

Sophisticated data suite for international banking and finance sector designed to show how flood risk and associated financial risk may change as a result of a warming climate

JBA Risk Management (“JBA”), the global leader in flood risk science, today announces the launch of its Climate Change Analytics; a sophisticated data suite developed to help banks, lenders, investors, and the wider global financial sector to understand the potential long-term impacts of climate change and to meet regulatory requirements.

The launch of Climate Change Analytics represents the largest range of data available for financial services. It comprises the full range of Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP) climate scenarios and represents every five-year time period from 2025 until the end of the century.

Following Climate Week 2020, and at a time during which the resilience of our society and economy to climate change is under intense scrutiny, JBA is now providing the most comprehensive data suite for understanding potential flood risk under a changing climate.

Lenders and asset managers can use JBA data for property screening, regulatory stress testing, impairment charge assessment, portfolio management, and to understand potential long-term property devaluation due to climate change. The data is available in a format that can be easily applied to in-house data at property-level for high resolution flood risk analysis.

Vanessa Balmbra, Property and Financial Sector Specialist at JBA, said:
“Developing Climate Change Analytics has been a true collaborative process. We’ve combined our extensive flood science expertise with the insights learned from our experience in global re/insurance and our long-standing relationships with the UK banking sector. We’re confident this resultant data will help global organisations plan for their future and understand possible flood risk under different climate scenarios.

Regulators have been discussing climate change for a while now. It was identified as a key new direction for research in the 2020 Bank of England Agenda for Research; there was a climate change component to the 2019 Insurance Stress Test - and now there is anticipation of possible new regulatory requirements and further climate change stress testing for both insurance and the wider financial services.

This is a truly dynamic data suite, regularly updated to include the latest flood risk science, and can be easily adapted to meet the specific needs of international banks, lenders and asset managers. Giving a long-term perspective on the potential impacts of climate change under a range of possible future climate scenarios, the data helps banks, lenders and the wider financial sector to analyse the scale of the climate change challenge.”

Robert Stevens, Head of Property Risk at Nationwide Building Society said:

“We’ve been working with the JBA team for five years now and their sophisticated
data is vital in helping us understand our flood exposure and the financial risk it
poses. JBA’s data effectively identifies which locations in the UK are at risk of
flooding, which allows us to make upfront decisions on new mortgage originations to
inform our long-term risk management.

The introduction of Climate Change Analytics demonstrates a real step forward in
applying this knowledge to future flooding. This is helping us to manage our portfolio
and plan for future climate changes over the term of a mortgage.”

Want to find out more about Climate Change Analytics and how it can help you? Get in touch or email the team.

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About JBA Risk Management

As part of the JBA Group, founded in 1995, and based in Skipton, Yorkshire, with offices in the USA and in Singapore, JBA Risk Management is a collaborative team of scientists, hydrologists, mathematicians and engineers who use pioneering science to stay at the forefront of flood modelling innovation.

The company is a leading provider of data for re/insurers, the non-insurance sector, including governments, mortgage surveyors and property search companies, together with the international development sector including the World Bank, NGOs and local authorities.

JBA Risk Management produced the first Global Flood Model, pioneering a new way of modelling, as well as the first US and EU Flood Maps at 5m resolution nationwide. They were also the first to include Surface Water flooding in national-scale flood mapping data and in 2018 introduced the first UK Flood Climate Change Model.