It has been my pleasure and honor to be on panels with Indur Goklany and introduce him as a reigning and renowned expert on human welfare and effects of weather and environmental events on human quality of life as well as death effects.
Indur is described in the essay linked below as an independent scholar.
In the past he has been with the US Department of the Interior.
I would recommend previous JS entries on Indur’s work–he is da man on effects of catastrophic events–his analysis shows that things are better now than ever before.
Here’s an essay on effects of extreme weather:
Indur and Julian Simon both have or had no time for the scaremongering pessimistic statists.