The subcommittee is charged with the responsibility of planning and coordinating with the interagency USGCRP.
First, the entries in the first row of table 1 for climate science refer only to monies administered by the executive branch via the USGCRP office and do not include all climate-related R&D in the federal budget.
It also includes providing IT services for USGCRP
and the development and execution of the Global Change Information System, a comprehensive Web-based system that provides authoritative information about climate and global change to scientists, decision-makers and the public.
We communicated this problem to Tom Karl, director of the National Climatic Data Center and the highest-ranking scientist in the USGCRP.
After a hiatus of nine years, the USGCRP produced its second national assessment, titled "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States.
If the right options are found, perhaps one day we can live in the more utopian world the USGCRP
suggests is possible.
156), the USGCRP
lacks a coherent plan for determining how quickly the globe is warming.
Aside from fixing such problems, directors of USGCRP should strive to make the results of research intelligible to Congress and other decision makers, thereby avoiding one of the key weaknesses of a major research effort of the 1980s, the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program.
The USGCRP devotes a large fraction of its budget to building and launching instrument-laden satellites that monitor Earth from space.
Over the next 13 years, the nation spent more than $20 billion on research under the USGCRP
, with the promise that new fundamental knowledge about the climate system was a crucial prerequisite for effective policymaking.
Irving Mintzer, an energy policy researcher who splits his time between the University of Maryland in College Park and the Stockholm Environment Institute in Sweden, warned: "As currently structured, the USGCRP
cannot make readily available, during the next seven to 10 years, the critically important pieces of high-quality, policy-relevant information.
The GCDIS-ASK initiative has emerged from an innovative, cooperative effort among the multiple Federal agencies and organizations which are USGCRP
members, including: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Department of State.