Using data and mapping PhD Andrea Minano brings together governments, insurers to protect homeowners before and after floods strike

Monday, May 11, 2020

Meet Geography PhD student Andrea Minano, the research manager for the Climate Risk Research Group.

AndreaThe recent flooding in Fort McMurray is a terrible reminder that flood risk in Canada is growing. Andrea, and an expert in geographic information systems (GIS), came to the Faculty of Environment to explore how climate change is pushing the insurance industry into unchartered waters.  

Using data, maps and policy expertise Andrea helps manage “the insurance gap.” By bringing together insurers and government so we can accurately determine climate hazards before they hit and protect vulnerable families from massive recovery bills.

Risk group logo"Andrea is a natural leader, an excellent researcher and manager, and a passionate analyst that is challenging conventional thinking on climate change risk management. She manages our Climate Risk Research Group where she helps establish research objectives, supervises and guides data collection along with analysis and synthesis. Andrea plays a central role in hour efforts to raise awareness about flood risk, and offer management strategies for government at all levels." — Jason Thistlethwaite, research lead for theClimate Risk Research Group.

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