Provide Data & Tools
Decision makers and scientists need global change information that is centrally accessible, clearly described, authoritative, and relevant. Meeting this need efficiently—when both the demand for and the diversity of available data are expanding rapidly—is a significant challenge. To address this, USGCRP is developing a novel, comprehensive, web-based approach to information provision, known as the Global Change Information System (GCIS).
The GCIS is intended to provide an efficient and curated gateway to global change information, publications, data, and metadata produced by Federal agencies participating in USGCRP. Likewise, it will support traceability between multiple environmental data streams (such as observations from sensors and output from models) and the resulting publications, creating an open environment for users to access machine-readable information. As a first but significant step, the GCIS provides this traceability for climate data related to the National Climate Assessment (NCA).
The vision for the GCIS is to grow into a unified source for open, accessible, and timely information for use by scientists, decision makers, and the interested public.
USGCRP also supports related Federal climate data-sharing efforts, including the Climate Data Initiative.