What We Do
The Earth system—including the oceans and atmosphere, ice, land surface, and ecosystems—is undergoing vast changes, with profound effects on the life it sustains.
Understanding global change—including climate change—is critical to the Nation’s welfare and economic vitality. USGCRP conducts state-of-the-art research to understand the interactive processes that influence the total Earth system and how they impact society. We emphasize fundamental, use-inspired research that creates the scientific knowledge base to answer critical questions about the changing Earth system and how the United States and the world can plan for and respond to processes of