The risk of landslides in the European Alps is considerable and has important implications for the insurance industry given the high levels of tourism and leisure based development in the region. Understanding how this risk may change in the future and in particular the influence of a changing climate on the magnitude and frequency of damaging landslides will be of value to insurers. This is why Lloyd's chose to fund this research into landslide probability and climate change in the European Alps.
This research project aims to better understand how the probability of occurrence of large, damaging landslides is going to change and learn how this translates into risk. In particular, it should enable us to consider how the magnitude and frequency of land sliding changes with the climate and determine how these patterns are likely to change in the future.