U.S. Department of the Interior

To better understand, address, and combat the broad impacts of climate change, the Department of the Interior (DOI) must act proactively by adopting sound, science-based strategies to manage its resources in accordance with landscape, regional, national, and global needs. Given the complexity of climate change, chances of success are vastly increased by informing these decisions with the best and most comprehensive information and data available. Currently within DOI, the wealth of scientific data and information that is spread across the Bureaus and divisions is not fully accessible and available to scientists and resource managers, resulting in decisions that are often made based upon incomplete data. As part of the commitment to addressing climate change, the department is developing an enterprise approach to and solution for climate change information management.

Why This Matters To You

Better information drives better decisions. With an enterprise approach and solution, DOI is well armed in the goal of developing informed adaptation and mitigation strategies to address the adverse impacts of climate change. This critical information enables the department to focus on the effects of a changing climate, ranging from altered precipitation patterns, vegetation types and distribution, wildlife habitat and behavior, wildfire frequency and risk, sea levels, and the spread of pests and diseases, each of which will, in turn, impact human activities such as farming, grazing, drinking water availability, and recreation. By focusing on getting the right information into the hands of the right people at the right time, the department is promoting more effective science that is able to proactively address complex problems of great consequence.

How We Helped

Beginning in the conceptual stages of the climate change initiative at DOI, Phase One was asked to assist in the development of a cohesive and comprehensive approach to the enormous task of better managing the department’s science information and data. With important data and information resources scattered across the department and its bureaus, Phase One worked closely with staff across the organization to help develop a strategy that enables the department to leverage investments that have already been made, but also provide a concrete path towards the rapid implementation of a holistic enterprise approach and solution.

Phase One is now working closely with the department to execute on the developed strategy and implementation plan to quickly generate returns on existing investment and enable the department to become more agile as it pertains to science, adaptation, mitigation, and resource management.