Global Change Research to Benefit the Nation
By Dr. Tom Armstrong
Today, the Administration’s interagency U.S.
USGCRP’s scientific portfolio spans multiple systems and scales, from organisms to ecosystems to the entire planet—including changes brought about by human behavior as well as by larger natural forces. It incorporates information from nearly all forms of scientific work, including laboratory experiments, field research, computer modeling, scientific assessment, and observations of Earth from land, air, sea, and space. This vast body of work has been carried out by 13 government agencies—all working together to paint a clearer picture of global change so that citizens and decision makers have the information they need to plan, prepare, and respond.
Indeed, the benefits of this work extend far beyond pure science into domains that are directly relevant to the day-to-day lives of Americans and others around the world. They support weather forecasting, water and land resource management, agricultural crop production, and many other functions that impact lives, livelihoods, and communities.
The Our Changing Planet report released today showcases tangible results of work carried out by USGCRP agencies, including, for example, some of the most detailed, data-rich maps of Alaskan
USGCRP has supported these kinds of advances for more than two decades in fulfillment of its Congressional mandate to “understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.”
Building on 20 years of scientific experience, USGCRP scientists continue to expand our knowledge of Earth’s past and present climate, improve projections of future
I encourage you to learn more about USGCRP’s significant scientific contributions and how they benefit the Nation by reading this year's Our Changing Planet report.
Tom Armstrong is Executive Director of the US Global Change Research Program.
Reposted from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.