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CCRIF's Country Risk Profiles

CCRIF prepares country risk profiles for each member country for tropical cyclones, earthquakes and excess rainfall. The profiles provide an outline of the hazard characteristics and risks for the country as well as economic loss information used by our catastrophe models and include information about the models that underpin the associated products. The profiles have been designed to provide this information in a simple, accurate and robust manner covering the demographic, geological and economic characteristics of their territories, whilst at the same time assessing the impacts of historical events that may have caused damage to infrastructure, population and the economy. The profiles act as the basis for pricing for countries’ CCRIF policies
As part of its thrust to continuously improve the quality of products and services it provides to members, CCRIF makes improvements to its models from time to time based on new and emerging trends in the science of model development as well as the availability of new information and data to enhance the quality of the models and the products it provides.
CCRIF has produced new country risk profiles for tropical cyclones and earthquakes (based on the new SPHERA  model) and for excess rainfall (based on the new XSR 2.5 model). These models underpin countries’ policies for 2019/20.
The risk profiles are proprietary documents that CCRIF provides to the government of each country. If the government gives permission to make these documents publicly available, CCRIF places the profiles on the CCRIF website.
The following annexes for the country risk profiles provide information about the underlying models and the historical events database:
  • EQ Annex 1: the SPHERA Model for earthquake
  • EQ Annex 2: the SPHERA Model for earthquake  - Historical events database
  • TC Annex 1: the SPHERA Model for tropical cyclone
  • TC Annex 2: the SPHERA Model for tropical cyclone  - Historical events database
  • XSR Annex 1: the XSR 2.5 Model for excess rainfall
  • XSR Annex 2: the XSR 2.5 Model for rainfall  - Historical events database

The main objective of CCRIF’s country risk profiles is to provide a clear picture of the key risks that the country faces in order to guide national catastrophe risk management and inform decision making for both risk reduction and risk transfer (via CCRIF coverage and other mechanisms that may be available). They provide the basis for CCRIF to discuss coverage options with each country individually and to underwrite country policies once coverage levels have been agreed. As such, these profiles present losses for the country at different probabilities of occurrence (more precisely referred to as probabilities of exceedance). The exceedance probabilities act as the basis for pricing of the risk transfer product (i.e. CCRIF’s insurance policy) and represents the established way of quantifying risk.
The SPHERA model for TC and EQ replaces the MPRES  model, which was used from 2011 to 2018. The SPHERA model incorporates new information and data; it includes the most recent hazard events and employs the most up-to-date scientific findings and methodologies in hazard modelling and therefore is able to generate a higher precision in the evaluation of losses due to earthquake and tropical cyclone hazards.
With respect to the excess rainfall model, the previous XSR 2.1 model was upgraded to XSR 2.5. Improvements and new features in the XSR 2.5 model include the consideration of soil saturation in addition to the pure rainfall in the loss calculation, as well as a multi-trigger CARE (covered area rainfall event) based on additional WRF 3 configurations. These changes were made to better represent smaller and/or localized severe rainfall events in the model.
The development of the CCRIF catastrophe risk profiles is an important contribution to national and regional risk management institutions through the collection of a significant set of detailed databases on national catastrophe risk exposures in member states. These risk profiles facilitate increased knowledge of the extent of catastrophe risk facing CCRIF member countries and can help governments better adapt to known threats and mitigate against future threats. The data contained in these profiles can also be used by countries in their development planning frameworks and in the preparation of national disaster management plans for example.