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NatCatSERVICE

Natural catastrophe statistics online — The NatCatSERVICE analysis tool

Data on natural catastrophes since 1980 — Munich Re's NatCatSERVICE

Munich Re’s NatCatSERVICE is one of the world’s most comprehensive databases for analysing and evaluating natural catastrophes. In the past, it has been possible to download standard information, but now our new online tool provides greater access to this store of knowledge. Users of the NatCatSERVICE can now produce analyses that meet their own needs. 

The tool is flexible, easy to use and fast. The data on natural catastrophes go back to 1980, and periods of five years or more or individual years in isolation can be analysed. Also possible are hazard-specific analyses, for example for tropical cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons, or earthquakes.

The clearly presented charts and diagrams can be shared directly via social media channels or downloaded as pdfs.

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What the NatCatSERVICE offers

Munich Re has been systematically recording loss data from all over the world for decades and has stored them all in a unique natural hazard archive. The database, called the “NatCatSERVICE”, provides a wealth of information that can be used for risk assessment. The new online tool enables data to be filtered in many different ways. For example, natural catastrophes such as earthquakes and floods can be analysed separately – going back to 1980. 
  • Different “event families” (geophysical, meteorological, hydrological, climatological) can be selected.
  • Analyses can be global, or by continent.
  • Analysis periods of one year going back to 1980
  • Natural hazard list (natural disasters) with detailed breakdown in the “Focus analyses” area for specific information on earthquakes and tsunamis, convective storms (thunderstorms), cyclones, winter storms, floods and wildfires.
  • In addition, there are economic data relating to income groups, insurance density and fatality rates for natural catastrophes in every country.
The results can be presented in the form of numerical statistics, loss-amount and pie charts, tables and maps. 
The data produced can be shared directly on social networks. They can also be downloaded as a pdf or sent by e-mail. 
For pure hazard analyses, users can switch directly from the NatCatSERVICE analysis tool to NATHAN Light so that they can, for example, estimate natural hazard risks even better with the help of flood zone maps. 
Six steps to your natural catastrophe analysis
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