In June 2013, President Obama launched a comprehensive Climate Action Plan for the U.S. Government to cut carbon pollution, provide climate preparedness tools and information, and lead international efforts to address climate change. The Plan invokes the critical role of USGCRP in developing sound science to manage climate change impacts. Since the establishment of the Global Change Research Act in 1990, USGCRP has been advancing Earth system science and growing the knowledge base needed to respond to a changing climate and a transforming world.
At USGCRP, we work to fulfill our legal mandate, execute the National Global Change Research Plan 2012–2021, and implement the President’s Climate Action Plan by coordinating the Federal Government’s $2.5 billion annual investment in global change research. Since our inception, we have supported a global change research enterprise that provides taxpayers substantial returns on this investment, including major advances in the knowledge of Earth’s past and present climate, improved climate change projections for the future, and a better understanding of society’s vulnerabilities to the impacts of climate and global change.
This vast body of work is carried out by 13 Federal agencies, each contributing its own distinct area of expertise, that work together in a unified research framework toward a more holistic, actionable understanding of global change.
We accomplish this in a variety of ways: by developing joint research priorities, enabling knowledge and capacity transfer between agencies, and leveraging distributed Federal resources. The reach and utility of USGCRP science is extended through assessments, decision support, data management, international coordination, communication, education, and engagement.
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