U.S. Government Revises Research Plan for Climate Change

The U.S. Climate Change Science Program Revised Research Plan Summary is available in the Federal Register and online for review and comment by the public. Comments received by Feb. 26 will be considered during the preparation of the final revised research plan and the forthcoming scientific assessment.

"This revised research plan represents an update to the 2003 strategic plan of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP). As with any strategic plan, we must take into consideration advances in science and changes in societal needs and I encourage the public to participate by providing comments over the next 60 days," said William Brennan, CCSP acting director, and deputy assistant secretary of commerce for international affairs.

The revised research plan includes:

  • an updated statement of vision, goals and capabilities consistent with CCSP's current strategic plan but reflects scientific progress and the evolution of the program based on accomplishments and evolving societal and environmental needs;
  • a description of the relationship of the research plan to the current scientific assessment;
  • highlights of ways in which the program is evolving in the context of the progress made over the years 2003 to 2007 since the strategic plan was put in place, and a description of the priorities that have emerged as a result;
  • and a description of research plans for the coming years, in order to build upon the work envisioned in the strategic plan and begun over the past four years.

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