I have questions about climate change. How can I learn more?
The 2014 National Climate Assessment includes an appendix of frequently asked questions about climate change. The questions range in scope from the science of climate change to issues being faced in efforts to respond to climate impacts. 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 National Climate Assessment?
The National Climate Assessment is a quadrennial report that summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. The third and most recent National Climate Assessment was released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in May 2014. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including Federal agencies and the National Academy of Sciences. Click the link below to learn about the National Climate Assessment program; or click here to download information on the process by which the 2014 National Climate Assessment was produced.
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 USGCRP, coordinates interagency activities through the USGCRP National Coordination Office (NCO) and interagency working groups (IWGs).
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.