Sigma explorer: the data you need at your fingertips

The new web-based tool from Swiss Re's Economic Research and Consulting team gives you access to sigma's key historical data whenever you want with sigma explorer.

We all see images of shocking devastation and listen to stories of human tragedy when a disaster happens.

What we don't always get, in hindsight, is appreciation of the total losses of a disaster. The news agenda moves on well before the full toll is known.

Have you ever wondered, for example, what the total losses - human and economic - of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan wereSigma explorer helps you find out how many lives were lost, how much infrastructure was destroyed, and what the overall financial cost was.

The sigma explorer is an interactive, web-based app that gives you access to information about catastrophes and world insurance premiums from as far back as 1970 from almost any internet device.

You can use sigma explorer  to visualize and share key historical data about the number of lives lost or the level of insured and uninsured losses overall and for specific events.

"The sigma explorer is unique tool for anyone with an interest in the insurance risk business," says Swiss Re Chief Economist Kurt Karl.

"Nowhere else is so much industry related information readily, and graphically, available for all."

Watch a short video on how to use the sigma explorer.


Published 22 April 2014

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