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Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program for Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005

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We are pleased to transmit to you a copy of Our Changing Planet The U.S. Climate Change Science Program for Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005. 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. The CCSP coordinates and integrates scientific research on climate and global change supported by 13 participating departments and agencies of the U.S. Government. This Fiscal Year 2004-Fiscal Year 2005 edition of Our Changing Planet includes a review of the key components of the Strategic Plan for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, which was released in July 2003. The CCSP Strategic Plan was the first comprehensive update of a national plan for climate and global change research since the original strategy was issued at the inception of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. This report outlines how the CCSP is moving forward to implement the Strategic Plan during FY 2004 and FY 2005. As a significant part of this implementation, the CCSP will produce 21 scientific syntheses and assessments on a wide range of topics to support informed discussion of climate variability and change and associated issues by decision makers and the public. The first nine of these products are being developed during FY 2004 and FY 2005. The report also presents highlights of recent research supported by CCSP participating agencies on Climate Variability and Change, the Global Carbon Cycle, and other elements of the research program, and highlights of plans for FY 2004 and FY 2005.

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  • Meteorology
  • Administration and Management
  • Ecology

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