Understanding the Complex Planet
Just as no single observational instrument can capture all information about the changing Earth system, no single scientific discipline or research method can address the full range of questions related to global change. Physical, geological, chemical, biological, ecological, and societal processes interact with each other in many ways—with changes to one system affecting others. Understanding the full picture of complex interactions requires diverse expertise, capabilities, and scientific approaches, ranging from laboratory experimentation and field research campaigns, to analyzing trends and modeling across various scales of time and space.
Coordination across USGCRP helps to stitch together insights that emerge from these lines of inquiry, identify gaps or weaknesses in collective understanding, and seek new ways to address them.