Department of the Interior
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducts global change research for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and comprises DOI’s formal participation in USGCRP.
USGS scientists work with other agencies to provide policy makers and resource managers with scientifically valid information and predictive understanding of global change and its effects with the ultimate goal of helping the Nation understand, adapt to, and mitigate global change.
Specifically, the USGS Climate and Land Use Change Research and Development Program supports research to understand processes controlling Earth system responses to global change and model impacts of climate and land-cover change on natural resources. USGS geographic analyses and land remote-sensing programs (such as the Landsat satellite mission and the National Land Cover Database) provide data that is used to assess changes in land use, land cover, ecosystems, and water resources resulting from the interactions between human activities and natural systems. The science products and data sets from these programs are essential for conducting quantitative studies of carbon storage and GHG flux in the Nation’s ecosystems.
USGS is also leading the establishment of regional DOI Climate Science Centers that will provide science and technical support to region-based partners dealing with the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, and ecological processes.