Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

ResilientMA Climate Change Clearinghouse Website

Compiling and providing access to climate data is a critical element of planning for and mitigating the impacts of climate change. As new data emerges, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) manages a central repository that allows scientists, environmentalists, and engineers to access current data. This clearinghouse, originally modelled after another state’s similar website, outgrew its initial design and EOEEA turned to BSC Group and sister software design firm Geonetics to support, maintain, and extend the system.

Offering niche expertise in both climate science and custom software development, our team immediately initiated a program to reorganize existing data, identify additional available climate data resources and needs, and create a user-friendly, navigable website that allows the public to easily access this information.

The team worked collaboratively with EOEEA to refine the scope to achieve greatest value with available funds. An intense discovery task allowed our team to assess existing resources, transfer data to a new EOEEA-controlled domain, and identify opportunities to enhance utility and navigability. Other parts of the system include the design and implementation of a new MVP Portal website that will dovetail with the main site. Also part of the project are visual improvements to upgrade the look and feel of the clearinghouse website.

Our team’s approach engaged software developers, climate scientists, and planners to not only determine how to present information, but also what data to include on the site in the most useful organization. Especially important is BSC’s experience providing support to Massachusetts communities under the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program. This end-user perspective will guide the creation of a new portal to fully engage communities active in this program.

With project funding tied to the FY2020 budget, rapid project scoping and initiation were essential to meeting client goals. Our team undertook an accelerated schedule to provide our first deliverable, the migration of the site from the previous vendor hosting platform to EEA managed Amazon servers in just four weeks.