Consensus Report

Enhancing Participation in the U.S. Global Change Research Program (2015)

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As understanding of global change has evolved over the past decades, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has faced growing demands for actionable scientific information to help decision makers respond to changing climate conditions. In light of these challenges, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program has written this report to explore mechanisms and opportunities for enhancing participation in USCGRP's evolving scope of activities. Meeting the nation's needs for global change information will require broadening the group of federal agencies and non-federal entities that engage with the USGCRP and embracing a variety of approaches to partnership. Interagency Working Groups are one particularly useful approach that could be more fully exploited to promote ongoing collaboration around specific areas of interest. USGCRP would more fully meet its mandate by taking the lead in arguing for increased participation by other agencies--including formal membership--when the benefits to the nation outweigh the costs of collaboration to the agencies.

Learn more about this report in an archived webinar with the Chair of the report's authoring committee, Warren Washington of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Vice Chair Kai Lee of The David and Lucille Packard Foundation (retired), and committee member Anthony Janetos of Boston University.