The National Global Change Research Plan 2012 - 2021: A Strategic Plan for the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

This Strategic Plan outlines goals for the next decade for the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which coordinates federal studies related to global climate change.

The Strategic Plan for 2012–2021 supports four strategic goals of the USGCRP including: 1)  to advance scientific knowledge of the integrated natural and human components of the Earth system; 2) provide the scientific basis to inform and enable timely decisions on adaptation and mitigation; 3) build sustained assessment capacity that improves the Nation’s ability to understand, anticipate, and respond to global change impacts and vulnerabilities;
and 4) to advance communications and education to broaden public understanding of global change and empower the workforce of the future.

This Strategic Plan fulfills Congress’s mandate in the Global Change Research Act to develop a program to understand, assess, predict, and respond to global change. It describes a program that builds from core USGCRP capabilities in global climate observation, process understanding, and modeling to strengthen and expand fundamental scientific understanding of climate change and its interactions with the other critical drivers of global change, such as land-use change, alteration of key biogeochemical cycles, and biodiversity loss. The plan proposes a program that utilizes this new scientific knowledge, while focusing on making this knowledge more readily usable for decision makers.  The plan reflects recommendations from multiple reports of the National Academies, from dozens of listening sessions with stakeholders around the country, and from collaborative planning among the USGCRP member agencies.

Publication Date: 2012

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