Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program for Fiscal Year 2006
CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE PROGRAM WASHINGTON DC
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The report describes the activities and plans of the Climate Change Science Program CCSP, which incorporates the U.S. Global Change Research Program, established under the Global Change Research Act of 1990, and the Climate Change Research Initiative, established by the President in 2001. CCSP coordinates and integrates scientific research on climate and global change supported by 13 participating departments and agencies of the U.S. Government. This FY 2006 edition of Our Changing Planet highlights recent advances supported by CCSP participating agencies in each of the programs research and observational elements, as called for in the Strategic Plan for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program released in July 2003. It describes a wide range of new and emerging observational capabilities which, combined with the programs other analytical work, are leading to remarkable advances in understanding the underlying processes responsible for climate variability and change. The document illustrates advances in U.S. modeling capabilities to represent past, present, and potential future changes in the physical and biological dimensions of the Earth system. The report also highlights progress being made to explore the uses and limitations of evolving knowledge to manage risks and opportunities related to climate variability and change. The final chapter documents the programs numerous current activities to promote cooperation between the U.S. scientific community and its worldwide counterparts.
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