Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change

The Committee on Strategic Advice on the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and National Research Council published this book acknowledging that policy decisions are already being made to limit or adapt to climate change and its impacts, but recognizing there is a need for greater integration between science and decision making.  This book proposes six priorities for restructuring the United States Climate Change Research Program to develop a more robust knowledge base and support informed responses.  Recommendations include: reorganizing the program around integrated scientific-societal issues; establishing a U.S. climate observing system; supporting a new generation of Coupled Earth System Models; strengthening research on adaptation, mitigation, and vulnerability; initiating a national assessment of the risks and costs of climate change impacts and options to respond; and coordinating federal efforts to provide climate information, tools, and forecasts routinely to decision makers.

This book is useful for adaptation decision makers. It is available in print form for $55 or for free as a PDF download.

Publication Date: 2009

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