An expert committee will provide ongoing and focused advice to the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). The committee will be broadly constituted to bring expertise in all the areas addressed by the multi-agency, multi-dimensional USGCRP and will be supported by expertise housed in many units across the National Research Council. The committee will, over time, organize ongoing discussions, take on specific tasks, and issue reports.
In its role as a single entry source of contact to the National Research Council and source of strategic discussion with appropriate experts, the Committee to Advise the US Global Change Research Program will:
1. Provide ongoing, integrated advice to the USGCRP on broad, program-wide issues when requested. This will begin with a review of the 2011 USGCRP Strategic Plan (see below) and is expected to include other tasks such as a review of the national climate assessment and/or an evaluation of USGCRP progress toward its Strategic Plan objectives.
2. Provide a forum for informal interaction between the USGCRP and the relevant scientific communities.
3. Provide a forum for exchange of experience and insights for integrating across science communities and improving linkages between officials of the Program and the science communities.
4. Improve the internal coordination across existing and future NRC entities related to global change (including coordination across NAS, NAE, and IOM).
5. Help identify issues of importance for the global change research community. This implies a proactive role that goes beyond simply responding to requests from the USGCRP.
6. Interact with and help USGCRP with its international activities, such as shaping the future of relevant international global environmental change programs.
7. In addition to producing NRC reports as tasked, the committee may help develop other work requests and ensure that they are conducted by the appropriate NRC units in a collaborative fashion.
Statement of Task for the Review of the Draft USGCRP Strategic Plan
The committee will conduct an independent review of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s draft strategic plan (concurrent with public review). The review will address the following questions about the draft plan:
1. Is the plan responsive to the nation’s needs for information on climate change and global change, their potential implications, and the potential effects of different response options?
2. Are the plan’s goals clear and appropriate?
3. Is there an appropriate balance between short-term and longer-term goals, among
substantive research areas, and between research and non-research activities, such as observations, modeling, and communication?
4. Are there adequate mechanisms for coordinating and integrating issues that involve multiple disciplines and multiple agencies?
5. Does the plan adequately describe the relationships between the Program and its agency participants, and between the Program and the public, the private sector, academia, state/local governments, and international communities?
6. Does the written document describing the program effectively communicate with both stakeholders and the scientific community?
7. Are there any content areas missing from the plan that should be present if the Program is to achieve its overall vision and mission?