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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task for This Report." 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 A: Statement of Task for This Report

The Committee to Advise the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) will author a short report discussing the scope of agency participation in and engagement with the USGCRP and possible augmentation needed to address stated goals of the program. In addressing its charge, the Committee will:

  1. Provide a rationale, derived from the USGCRP Strategic Plan, for evaluating current Program membership and capabilities and identifying potential new agencies and departments (or bureaus and agencies within USGCRP members) and how the Program and the nation could benefit from that new participation;
  2. Evaluate the current set of USGCRP capabilities against this rationale to identify any gaps and areas of potential leverage, recommending adjustments if necessary; and
  3. If the current pattern of agency engagement is found to need adjustment, include examples of how the adjustments could enable the program to better meet its stated goals (e.g., where relevant data are not being used, efforts are not well-coordinated or being duplicated, research goals are not well informed by decision needs).
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task for This Report." 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 A: Statement of Task for This Report." 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 A: Statement of Task for This Report." 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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