Federal Coordinating Lead Author:
David Reidmiller, U.S. Global Change Research Program
Lead Author:
Christopher W. Avery, U.S. Global Change Research Program
Contributing Authors:
Therese (Tess) S. Carter, U.S. Global Change Research Program
Katie Reeves, U.S. Global Change Research Program
Kristin Lewis, U.S. Global Change Research Program

Report Development Process

U.S. Global Change Research Program

USGCRP is a confederation of 13 federal departments and agencies (Figure A1.1) that supports the largest investment in climate and global change research in the world. USGCRP coordinates research activities across agencies, produces the congressionally mandated products, and provides data and products to inform decisions. USGCRP’s Strategic Plan, released in 2012 and updated in 2017, focuses on four major goals: advance science, inform decisions, conduct sustained assessments, and communicate and educate.3,4 The USGCRP agencies maintain and develop observations, monitoring assets, data management, analysis of data products, and modeling capabilities that support the Nation’s response to global change. The agencies that make up USGCRP are:

   

Figure A1.1: Logos of the 13 Agencies that make up the USGCRP

Logos of the 13 Agencies that make up the USGCRP
Figure A1.1: Logos of the 13 agencies that make up the USGCRP.

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Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Department of Commerce (DOC)

Department of Defense (DOD)

Department of Energy (DOE)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Department of the Interior (DOI)

Department of State (DOS)

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The Smithsonian Institution (SI)

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

The Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR) oversees USGCRP’s activities. The SGCR operates under the direction of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on the Environment (CoE) and is overseen by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The SGCR coordinates interagency activities through the USGCRP National Coordination Office (NCO) and informal interagency working groups (IWGs).


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