BOX 1-2 CCSP Guiding Vision, Mission, Goals, Core Approaches, and Criteria for Prioritization (CCSP, 2003, pp. 2-8).
A nation and the global community empowered with the science-based knowledge to manage the risks and opportunities of change in the climate and related environmental systems.
Facilitate the creation and application of knowledge of the Earth’s global environment through research, observations, decision support, and communication.
CCSP Goal 1: Improve knowledge of the Earth’s past and present climate and environment, including its natural variability, and improve understanding of the causes of observed variability and change.
CCSP Goal 2: Improve quantification of the forces bringing about changes in the Earth’s climate and related systems.
CCSP Goal 3: Reduce uncertainty in projections of how the Earth’s climate and related systems may change in the future.
CCSP Goal 4: Understand the sensitivity and adaptability of different natural and managed ecosystems and human systems to climate and related global changes.
CCSP Goal 5: Explore the uses and identify the limits of evolving knowledge to manage risks and opportunity related to climate variability and change.
CCSP Core Approaches
Scientific Research: Plan, sponsor, and conduct research on changes in climate and related systems.
Observations: Enhance observations and data management systems to generate a comprehensive set of variables needed for climate-related research.
Decision Support: Develop improved science-based resources to aid decision making.
Communications: Communicate results to domestic and international scientific and stakeholder communities, stressing openness and transparency.
CCSP Criteria for Prioritization
Scientific or technical quality;
Relevance to reducing uncertainties and improving decision support tools in priority areas;
Track record of consistently good past performance and identified metrics for evaluation of future progress;
Cost and value.