I have questions about climate change. How can I learn more?
The National Climate Assessment includes an appendix of frequently asked questions about climate change. The questions range from the science of climate change to issues being faced in consideration of mitigation and adaptation measures. The answers are based on peer-reviewed science and have been confirmed by multiple analyses. Click the link below to download a PDF of these FAQs.
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What is the U.S. Global Change Research Program?
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is a Federal program that coordinates and integrates global change research across 13 government agencies to ensure that it most effectively and efficiently serves the Nation and the world.
Why was USGCRP created?
USGCRP was established by Presidential Initiative in 1989 and mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990 to develop and coordinate a "comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.”
How is USGCRP organized?
USGCRP is steered by the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR) of the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Sustainability (CENRS) and overseen by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The SGCR, made up of representatives from each of the 13 agencies that participate in the USGCRP, coordinates interagency activities through the USGCRP National Coordination Office (NCO) and interagency working groups (IWGs). Learn more about our organization and leadership.
What happens at USGCRP and why is it important?
Through interagency partnerships, working groups, and collaborations with leading experts, USGCRP works every day to understand global change and its impacts on society, and to provide tools and information that decision makers can use.
What are the goals of the Program?
- Advance Science: Advance scientific knowledge of the integrated natural and human components of the Earth system.
- Inform Decisions: Provide the scientific basis to inform and enable timely decisions on adaptation and mitigation.
- Conduct Sustained Assessments: Build sustained assessment capacity that improves the Nation’s ability to understand, anticipate, and respond to global change impacts an vulnerabilities.
- Communicate and Educate: Advance communications and education to broaden public understanding of global change and develop the scientific workforce of the future.