In June 2013, President Obama launched a comprehensive Climate Action Plan for the U.S. Government to reduce carbon pollution, provide tools and data to prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address climate change as a global challenge. The Plan invokes the critical role of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in producing sound science to inform the management of climate change impacts. Since its establishment by the Global Change Research Act of 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 sustained annual investment in global change research. Since our inception, we have supported a 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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