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Suggested Citation:"Closing Thoughts." 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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Closing Thoughts

The USGCRP is responsible for coordinating the global change science that is the foundation for a broad range of decisions about managing the risks and opportunities that global change presents to the nation. As the program has matured, it has found that its original group of collaborating agencies is not adequate for addressing the breadth of the challenges that the United States faces, and hence additional partnerships are needed to address all of the goals and objectives described in the Program’s Strategic Plan. The USGCRP already has a variety of mechanisms and levels of participation that can serve as useful models for enhancing collaboration across the family of U.S. agencies, and with non-Federal partners. In order to achieve its potential, those mechanisms should be more fully employed so as to provide greater societal benefit from the conduct of global change science. The Committee suggests that the responsibility to argue for particular new partnerships where the benefits to the nation outweigh the costs to the individual agencies lies with USGCRP.

Suggested Citation:"Closing Thoughts." 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:"Closing Thoughts." 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:"Closing Thoughts." 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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