Promoting international research on global change
USGCRP efforts support building global change research capacity in developing countries.
USGCRP provides support to help sustain the core operations of three international science organizations: the World Climate Research Program (WCRP), which is the primary coordination mechanism for international research on the climate system; System for Analysis, Research and Training (START), which provides opportunities for research, education, and training to scientists, policymakers, and practitioners in developing countries; and Future Earth, which builds interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral relationships to advance global sustainability science. Through NSF, USGCRP provides a U.S. contribution to these collaborators to help advance the fundamental understanding of the natural and human components of the Earth system, thereby extending the reach of USGCRP’s own programs in observations, process research and modeling. With USGCRP’s support, these collaborators also organize conferences, workshops, and trainings for scientists and policy makers from around the world, including those in their early career stages, in accordance with USGCRP’s mandate under the Global Change Research Act to assist in building global change research capacity in the developing world.