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Natural Disasters

The new NatCatSERVICE analysis tool

Downloadcenter for statistics on natural catastrophes

For more than 30 years, Munich Re’s NatCatSERVICE has provided comprehensive natural catastrophe expertise for risk management and research. Today, it is one of the most internationally recognised sources of information for the evaluation and analysis of natural disasters. You can now access this store of knowledge directly – using the online NatCatSERVICE analysis tool.

Since 1974, Munich Re has been systematically recording events and loss data from around the world. This unique natural hazard archive then developed into one of the world’s most extensive databases on natural catastrophe losses, NatCatSERVICE. The database forms the basis for a wide range of information, tools and services for risk assessment. NatCatSERVICE is a reliable source of data, providing loss information on both current and historical events. Thanks to its detailed database structure, it can also offer many different types of analysis.

Up to now, a lot of information has been accessible from our download library. The NatCatSERVICE online tool now offers a variety of additional options for individual analysis, allowing users to filter the precise information that interests them. In developing the tool, special emphasis was placed on ensuring flexibility, ease of use and speed. The detailed view of the different assessments, including the world map, leads into a clearly structured representation with a variety of options.

Information for analysis is available from 1980 up to the present day, but you can also view shorter periods, down to individual years. In terms of geographical coverage, there is a choice between the global view and analyses for each continent. The temporal and regional coverage, and also the types of event, can be combined with one another in different ways. The tool also provides the option of creating hazard-specific evaluations. These include analyses of severe weather, winter storms, tropical cyclones and earthquakes, both worldwide and for individual countries. There are also data on aspects such as insurance penetration in different countries. The results can be shown in the form of frequency statistics, loss amounts and pie charts, as well as tables and maps, and can be downloaded as a PDF. Results from the analyses can be shared directly on social networks.

Structure of the user interface and elements of the tool

In the Select panel, you can find selection and filter options for three different views. Under the heading Events, you can choose one or more groups of event (geophysical, meteorological, hydrological, climatological). You also have the option of selecting either a global view or a view by continent. The Focus analyses provide hazard-specific information, e.g. on tropical cyclones worldwide or for the Atlantic only. Country profiles primarily provide analyses, such as income groups according to the World Bank definition, insurance penetration, or an analysis of global distribution of fatalities from natural catastrophes.

The Products panel contains all the possible analyses for the particular data selection. These include frequency graphs, loss amount diagrams, tables, percentage distributions and maps. The results can be downloaded as a PDF and shared on social networks.

The time period is specified in the toolbar at the bottom. Options here range from an individual year to any period you prefer, but the maximum range is for all events from 1980 until the last complete calendar year.

Additional information:
Using the NatCatSERVICE analysis tool, you can switch directly to NATHAN Light for hazard analysis only.
You can download a PDF with a full description of the methods used in NatCatSERVICE.

Munich Re Experts
Petra Löw
Head of NatCatSERVICE
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