Accession Number:

ADA465634

Title:

Our Changing Planet

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

131.0

Abstract:

The U.S. Global Change Research Program USGCRP supports research on the interactions of natural and human-induced changes in the global environment and their implications for society. The USGCRP began as a presidential initiative in 1989 and was codified by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990 P.L. 101-606, which mandates development of a coordinated interagency research program. Participants in the USGCRP include the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Interior U.S. Geological Survey, State, and Transportation the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the National Aeronautics and Space Administration the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. The Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Council on Environmental Quality provide oversight on behalf of the Executive Office of the President. Since its inception, USGCRP-supported research and observational activities, in collaboration with several other national and international science programs, have documented and characterized important aspects of the sources, abundances, and lifetimes of greenhouse gases mounted extensive space-based systems for global monitoring of climate and ecosystem parameters begun to address the complex issues of various aerosol species that may significantly influence climate parameters advanced understanding of the global water and carbon cycles and taken major strides in computer modeling of the global climate.

Subject Categories:

  • Astronomy
  • Meteorology
  • Ecology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE