2011 Our Changing Planet Report Released Print E-mail

Since 1989, the annual report from the USGCRP, Our Changing Planet, has been submitted to Congress by the Federal agencies charged with coordinated research on global change.  The report is required under the provisions of the Global Change Research Act  (GCRA) of 1990 and summarizes recent achievements, near term plans, and progress in implementing long term goals.   It also provides an overview of recent and near-term expenditures and of requested funding. 

This year’s 2011 Our Changing Planet report describes a program in transition. In accordance with the GCRA, the USGCRP agencies requested guidance from the National Research Council (NRC) on how to best meet the changing needs of the nation to understand climate change and respond to its impacts, and the NRC responded with a 2009 report entitled “Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change”. In accord with that report’s recommendations, the USGCRP is undergoing a strategic realignment that will ensure that the science produced is maximally useful for decision makers at all scales.

Going forward the program will place greater emphasis on impacts, vulnerabilities, and on understanding the options for adapting to the changing climate. The program will also continue its long-standing support for activities that contribute to a better understanding of the Earth system, including observations, research, and predictive modeling. All of these focuses will be reflected in the USGCRP’s new strategic plan and its National Climate Assessment.

Please click here to download a copy of Our Changing Planet 2011.