According to the Analysis of Global Change Assessments
by the National Research Council, scientific assessments are evaluation
and consensus building processes for establishing an integrated view of
recent scientific breakthroughs and providing policy-relevant
information to decision makers.
An assessment can establish the importance of an issue, provide an
authoritative resolution of policy-relevant scientific questions,
demonstrate the benefits of policy options, identify new research
directions, and provide technical solutions.
The assessment process in itself is a key interface between science and
policy and a crucial mechanism by which science informs policy making.
For assessments to be effective and credible, the process has to be
open and must provide accurate, useful, and scientifically tested
For information regarding USGCRP Scientific Assessments, please contact Dr. Fabien Laurier.