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Matrix Group Launches Interactive Climate Monitoring Tool for Actuarial Research Partners

December 13, 2016

Actuaries Climate IndexMatrix Group, a digital agency in the Washington DC area specializing in web design, development, AMS, integration, branding, mobile and e-marketing services, recently launched a data and map interactive for four actuarial associations in North America, including the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS).

CAS, the American Academy of Actuaries, the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries collaborated on the latest Actuaries Climate IndexTM. The index measures seasonal changes in extreme weather events and sea levels and is intended to educate actuaries, public policymakers and the general public about climate trends.

From floods to heat waves, climate affects insurance consumers and the insurance industry. Actuaries have experience wading through years of meteorological data in order to assess the financial implications of climate change.

CAS and its partners wanted a way to present historical weather data by regions. Using a powerful and flexible JavaScript library, Matrix Group built the Actuaries Climate IndexTM in WordPress. Features on the mobile-responsive site include:

  • Dynamic maps and graphs created with a custom WordPress plugin. The plugin allows the partner associations to upload datasets without a developer’s help
  • Filters to get weather data by date, region and various types of weather or components.
  • A toggle that translates all the content to Canadian French as required by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
  • A comprehensive security suite that protects against WordPress vulnerabilities.

“This project presented the unique challenge of addressing the needs of four different associations serving four distinct memberships, including a Canadian association that is required to produce all of its materials in both English and French,” said Mike Boa, chief communications officer for CAS. “I appreciated how Matrix Group was patient in understanding the varying needs of the partnering organizations and was persistent in assuring that those needs were met.”

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The Climate Change Committee, a joint project of the CAS and its three partner associations, also announced the launch in a recent press release.

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