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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: List of Interagency Working Groups and Participating Agencies." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Enhancing Participation in the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21837.
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Appendix D: List of Interagency Working Groups and Participating Agencies

As described by USGCRP11: “Interagency Working Groups (IWGs) are the primary USGCRP vehicles for implementing and coordinating global change research activities within and across agencies. These groups are critical to integration and assessment of progress throughout the Program. The working groups span a wide range of interconnected climate and global change issues and address major components of the Earth’s environmental and human systems, as well as cross-disciplinary approaches for addressing these issues.

IWGs are designed to bring agencies together to plan, develop, and implement coordinated activities, and to identify and fill gaps in the Program’s plans. They allow public officials to communicate with each other on emerging directions within their agencies, their stakeholder needs, and best practices learned from agency activities. Together, these functions allow the agencies to work in a more coordinated and effective manner.”

There are currently 13 IWGs:

  • Integrated Observations Interagency Working Group
  • Process Research Coordinating Committee
  • Interagency Group on Integrative Modeling
  • Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group
  • Adaptation Science Interagency Working Group
  • Interagency Crosscutting Group on Climate Change and Human Health
  • Social Sciences Coordinating Committee
  • Interagency National Climate Assessment Working Group
  • Coordinating Group on Scenarios and Interpretive Science
  • International Research and Cooperation Interagency Working Group
  • Global Change Information System Interagency Coordination
  • Education Interagency Working Group
  • Indicators Interagency Working Group (IndIWG)

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11http://www.globalchange.gov/about/iwgs

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: List of Interagency Working Groups and Participating Agencies." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Enhancing Participation in the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21837.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: List of Interagency Working Groups and Participating Agencies." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Enhancing Participation in the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21837.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: List of Interagency Working Groups and Participating Agencies." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Enhancing Participation in the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21837.
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The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is a collection of 13 Federal entities charged by law to assist the United States and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change. As the understanding of global change has evolved over the past decades and as demand for scientific information on global change has increased, the USGCRP has increasingly focused on research that can inform decisions to cope with current climate variability and change, to reduce the magnitude of future changes, and to prepare for changes projected over coming decades.

Overall, the current breadth and depth of research in these agencies is insufficient to meet the country's needs, particularly to support decision makers. This report provides a rationale for evaluating current program membership and capabilities and identifying potential new agencies and departments in the hopes that these changes will enable the program to more effectively inform the public and prepare for the future. It also offers actionable recommendations for adjustments to the methods and procedures that will allow the program to better meet its stated goals.

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