The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) supports climate change science activities to empower farmers, foresters, ranchers, land owners, resource managers, policymakers, and Federal agencies with science-based knowledge to manage the risks and challenges of climate change and to reduce emissions of atmospheric greenhouse gases and enhance carbon sequestration. USDA conducts and sponsors a broad
range of research that supports USGCRP, focused on evaluatibg risk to natural resources, estimating the role of forestry and agricultural activities in greenhouse gas
emissions and carbon sequestration, and developing practical management
strategies and approaches to manage emissions and adapt to changes.
USDAâ€™s research program seeks to determine the significance of
terrestrial systems in the global carbon cycle; promotes the capture
and use of methane emitted from livestock waste facilities for on-farm
power generation; assesses the potential of bioenergy as a substitute
for fossil fuels; identifies agricultural and forestry activities that
can help reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and increase carbon
sequestration; quantifies the risks and benefits arising from
environmental changes to agricultural lands and forests; and develops
management practices that can adapt to the effects of global change,
including potential beneficial and adverse effects.
Visit the Department of Agriculture's Climate Change website.
USDA also houses the Forest Service, which is
active in the research activities covering a wide range of topics on
climate change. For more than 20 years, Forest Service scientists have
been studying and assessing climate change effects on forests and
rangelands. The Forest Service Global Change Research Program
is a part of USGCRP; research in this program aims to restore,
sustain, and enhance the Nationâ€™s forests and grasslands, provide and
sustain benefits to the American people, and provide science-based
applications and tools for sustainable natural resource management.