USGCRP's 2022–2031 Strategic Plan sets the course for Federal global change research for the next decade. It was informed by input and review from Federal agencies, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the public, and lays the foundation for meeting new and growing challenges, as well as demands for useful, accessible, and inclusive data and information. The Plan is organized around four pillars: Advancing Science; Engaging the Nation; Informing Decisions; and Collaborating Internationally.
Under this Plan, USGCRP will continue to build and refine understanding of global change in ways that respond to emerging needs and provide critical information for the benefit of all.
USGCRP was established by Presidential Initiative in 1989 and mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990 to develop and coordinate “a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.”
In consultation with White House officials and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR), USGCRP's Executive Director ensures that the Program meets all mandated requirements, which are summarized in the table below.
Such representatives shall be high ranking officials of their agency or department, wherever possible the head of the portion of that agency or department that is most relevant to the purpose of the title described in section 101(b).
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP, also known as the Program) is committed to ensuring all participants in the Program may participate in an inclusive, respectful, and safe environment. We seek to create a collegial environment where participants enjoy their experience and grow professionally and personally. USGCRP activities are guided by the highest ethical and professional standards, and participants are expected to behave with integrity and respect towards all other participants.
This code of conduct applies to anyone attending USGCRP meetings or events, or communicating about USGCRP within and outside the Federal family. This includes all USGCRP meetings and calls (both virtual and in person), email or exchanges on digital platforms about USGCRP activities, including public engagement workshops or outreach events, and any other interactions among participants.
Participants of any USGCRP activity are expected to conduct themselves with integrity and in a manner that is professional, respectful, tolerant, and responsible.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program envisions “A Nation, globally engaged and guided by science, meeting the challenges of climate and global change for the benefit of all.” It is imperative that USGCRP recognize, reflect, and be inclusive of the diversity of the American people. USGCRP strives to keep the global change research community moving towards equity and justice by researching and addressing imbalanced systems within the global change community and fostering fair treatment and meaningful involvement for all.
We commit to diversity – including representative gender, ethnic, disciplinary, and career diversity – and inclusion in our activities and membership, including within the Subcommittee on Global Change Research, its working groups, and national coordination office. We also commit to diversity and inclusion of the communities that we serve – prioritizing public engagement, particularly with communities that have been disproportionately exposed and/or affected by global change, and ensuring that USGCRP science is accessible to the broadest possible audience. We are dedicated to cultivating a welcoming institutional environment and a sense of belonging wherein all participants are heard, respected, empowered, and valued as their authentic selves. USGCRP participants of all abilities should not be hindered in accessing facilities, information and communication technology, and programs.
We commit to advancing equity in the process and outcomes of our work. As the U.S. Government’s coordinating body on global change research, we have an important responsibility and opportunity to ensure that the inequitable impacts of global change are fully studied, understood, and communicated to policymakers and the public. As we facilitate collaboration, assessment, and strategic research directions, we strive to integrate equity into our planning, implementation, science, outreach, and communications. This means, for example, incorporating societal understanding of climate impacts, particularly on frontline communities, within research and other activities; identifying the structural and historical drivers of disproportionate impact; being open to multiple forms of evidence in our research; sharing best practices on equitable partnerships, funding calls, and research across agencies; and regularly striving for and evaluating implementation of just practices within the structure, function, and scope of USGCRP itself.
The budget crosscut represents the funds self-identified by USGCRP agencies as their expenditures in support of USGCRP research activities. In addition, USGCRP leverages other agency activities not represented in the budget crosscut to accomplish its mission. For example, many of the satellite systems and surface-based observing networks that are foundational to USGCRP research were originally implemented by their sponsoring agencies for operational purposes, and thus typically are not included in the research crosscut.
Funding amounts are shown in millions of dollars ($M) and are rounded to the nearest millions (totals reflect the rounded sum of the unrounded agency amounts).
The National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Environment coordinates interagency activities relevant to environmental research and policy, domestically and internationally. The Committee on Environment encompasses several subcommittees, including the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (the steering body for USGCRP) as well as other subcommittees with which USGCRP works closely.
The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), which consists of representatives from 16 agencies, departments, and offices across the Federal Government, is charged with enhancing scientific monitoring of and research on local, regional, and global environmental issues in the Arctic.
Through the U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO), the U.S. supports cooperative, international efforts to build the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). GEOSS is being developed through the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO), a partnership of 80 countries, the European Commission, and nearly 60 international organizations.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is a federal program mandated by Congress to coordinate and integrate global change research activities across the Federal Government and facilitate international cooperation on global change research. Available positions are based and operated out of USGCRP’s National Coordination Office (NCO), located in Washington, DC. The NCO is currently supported by ICF, which oversees all recruiting processes.
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