Precision, Accuracy and Reality

Precision, Accuracy and Reality

When I was in grad school, many years ago, my research supervisor and I debated the differences between precision, accuracy, and reality. Old Dr. Clark and I did not see quite eye to eye. We hashed out the effect of imperfect data on the design of our new measurement tool. This was an esoteric discussion. …

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Choosing the Right Assessment Tool

Choosing the Right Assessment Tool

Today we continue our series of videocasts. In this series, Joan and I address climate, risk and resiliency issues. In this episode, Joel provides his insight on choosing the right risk assessment tool. Choosing the Right Assessment Tool Can Be Difficult Often we a face the daunting task of selecting the right tool for assessing climate change …

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climate, catastrophe and blame

Climate, Catastrophe and Blame

The Collision Collisions are like curling. In curling, we hurl stones at each other and the impact results in planned and unplanned consequences that can be catastrophic to your game strategy. In our work, we often confront the same mix of climate, catastrophe and blame Eighteen months ago, my son drove into an intersection just …

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Fear, Loathing and Climate Change

Fear, Loathing and Climate Change

Climate change has become a topic of political debate and controversy. Fear, loathing and climate change are inexorably intertwined. Twenty or so years ago, the climate was generally below the public radar. The debate was between academics, industry representatives, and bureaucrats. There was some political involvement, but it was sporadic and minimal. Canada signed onto …

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Mahjong, Climate and Mental Health

Life is Not a Mahjong Game Recently, reflecting on childhood memories, I started to contemplate the relationship between mahjong, climate and mental health. I grew up playing mahjong and listening to my family have weekend-long mahjong tournaments. In mahjong, each piece has a uniform tile-like appearance, and each tile has a unique and unaltering place …

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understanding climate risk tolerance

Understanding Climate Risk Tolerance

Risk Tolerance and Climate Resiliency  Understanding climate risk tolerance is an essential element for managing your climate resiliency program. Recently, I visited my financial advisor at the bank.  Just as we have done countless times before, we reviewed my investment risk profile before we considered my savings plan options.  It occurred to me that I often …

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