1989: Our Changing Planet: A U.S. Strategy for Global Change Research Print E-mail

Strategic Plan

The purpose of A U.S. Strategy for Global Change Research was to provide an initial research strategy to guide the planning and conduct of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. This strategy was expanded into a more detailed and comprehensive U.S. Global Change Research Program plan in 1989.

The comprehensive research plan presented the details of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, including evaluating how well the current activities address the key scientific questions and program goals, identifying the gaps in knowledge and the priorities among research needs, and defining individual Federal agency roles.

Specifically, this research strategy report:

  • Presented the overall program goals, objectives, budget, and key scientific questions
  • Identified the important national and international global change studies and organizations
  • Summarized the research plan and implementation strategy
  • Inventoried the current U.S. Federal agencies' research activities

This research strategy was developed in close collaboration with other national and international planning groups and activities, including the National Academy of Sciences, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and the programs outlined in the five year plan of the National Climate Program.

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