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Minerva Intelligence launches comprehensive wildfire risk map for Canada

March 30, 2023 
By Minerva Intelligence


Canada's First Comprehensive Wildfire Risk Map (CNW Group/Minerva Intelligence Inc.)

Minerva Intelligence Inc., a software and data analytics company focused on building decision support tools for climate risk, is pleased to announce that climate85 has launched a wildfire risk score that is the first publicly available wildfire risk score dataset in Canada.

The climate85 wildfire risk score dataset delivers both yearly and 30-year aggregate probabilities of wildfire ignition and spreading for any location in Canada. The 30-year aggregate probability also allows for a clear evaluation of the likelihood of a property being impacted by a wildfire, expressed as a percentage probability (ranging from 0-100%) and a risk score that ranges from minor (less than 1%) to extreme (greater than 26%).

Based on our dataset, we analyzed all properties in Canada and estimated that roughly 300,000 buildings are exposed to a high wildfire risk, with a 14 per cent or greater probability of being affected over a 30-year period. Furthermore, over one million properties carry a minor risk (i.e., greater than 1%) of being impacted by wildfires during the typical mortgage term, potentially putting homeowners at risk of losing their property.

Climate85 uses a state-of-art, peer-reviewed and globally recognized methodology to ensure the best possible data quality of this datasets. This approach incorporates a variety of data sources, such as historical weather patterns, national fire-fuel maps, digital elevation models, and prevailing wind patterns, to pinpoint areas where fires may occur and spread. By analyzing the locations of more than 400,000 historical fires and running over 400 million simulations, we have created a probability map of wildfire risk scores that spans across Canada.

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The wildfire risk score dataset provided by climate85 is currently the only publicly accessible pan-Canadian map of its kind. This risk score is a valuable addition to the suite of climate85 climate risk datasets, which already includes extreme heat, precipitation, humidex, and wind data. Furthermore, flood data will be added to this collection soon.

These datasets are available through the climate85 API and address lookup toolbar for every location in Canada. Users can effortlessly search for a specific address or coordinates to obtain trustworthy, cutting-edge information on their exposure to wildfire, extreme heat, humidex precipitation, and wind risk.

The address lookup functionality makes it easy for non-technical individuals to gain an understanding of climate risks on their property, anyone can look up a limited number of addresses for free. Commercial options are available for bulk lookup of addresses to gather insights on hundreds or thousands of properties and locations simultaneously through the climate85 API.

“The reality of climate change is upon us, and it is crucial for individuals and organizations alike to incorporate climate risk into their future planning. With climate85, both businesses and families can gain a deeper understanding of their climate risk and take proactive steps to prepare for potential disasters. By leveraging this tool, individuals can not only reduce financial costs but also safeguard human lives. Our platform is capable of generating probability maps for any country and climate risk factor. Our goal is to empower people to take action and face the challenges of climate change with confidence” said Dr. Gioachino Roberti, head of product.

Minerva is seeking partnerships with businesses and organizations to customize its climate risk scores to the different specific industry needs. With state-of-the-art climate science and deep expertise in AI, Minerva’s data analytics can be used to address a range of climate-related challenges, including physical climate risk assessments, ESG reporting, insurance underwriting, asset management, financial risk modelling, and climate-resilient engineering design.

Learn more at: climate85.com


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