Category Archives: U.S. Global Change Research Program

On the government shutdown and climate research

"Every day, this shutdown is having adverse effects on a wide range of climate research across the federal agencies," we said to Climate Wire. "Rick Piltz, director of the Climate Science Watch program at the Government Accountability Project, added that furloughing … Continue reading

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The continuing threat to continuity of space-based global climate data

“The United States is facing a year or more without crucial satellites that provide invaluable data for predicting storm tracks, a result of years of mismanagement, lack of financing and delays in launching replacements, according to several recent official reviews,” … Continue reading

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The U.S. Global Change Research Program’s National Global Change Research Plan 2012-2021

The USGCRP released its long overdue new strategic plan without fanfare on April 27.  Most notably, the new strategy aims to enhance the federal research program’s science-for-society component by informing decision-makers with good scientific communication.

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President’s 2013 budget requests 6% increase for climate and global change research

President Obama’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2013 includes $2.6 billion for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the multiagency federal program that supports climate science research and observing systems. Most of the increase over the current level would go … Continue reading

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Does the USGCRP have high-level political buy-in for connecting climate science to society?

The new U.S. Global Change Research Program Strategic Plan is on the right track in seeking to connect scientific research and assessments to policy and societal management, we told ClimateWire, but it's not at all clear that the plan has … Continue reading

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Public review comment on the USGCRP draft Strategic Plan

The U.S. Global Change Research Program's draft 10-year Strategic Plan envisions a greater role for the social sciences in transitioning to a new era of climate change 'decision support', sustained assessment, and communications.  But what is the role of the social scientist, as … Continue reading

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Draft federal climate research plan gives new emphasis to ‘decision support,’ sustained assessments, and communications

Will the Obama administration stand up for the priorities in this plan and push for funding it when the going gets rough with the denialists in Congress?  We talked with the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media about … Continue reading

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House Science Committee Republicans aim to slash climate and sustainable energy programs

In a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chair Ralph Hall (R-Texas) and 10 of his Republican colleagues have called for budget cuts, and in some cases program terminations, that directly … Continue reading

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Budget cuts loom as the U.S. launches a National Climate Assessment

In a process that will extensively engage Americans around the country, the National Climate Assessment will produce a landmark report on the impacts of climate change on the U.S. However, from the outset, budget cuts threaten the effort. The federal advisory … Continue reading

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National Climate Assessment team convenes in Washington, DC, to begin producing a major new assessment due in 2013

The National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee held its first meeting in Washington, DC, this week, April 4-6, marking the formal beginning of a process aimed at producing the next National Climate Assessment by June 2013. Done effectively, the … Continue reading

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