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The Climate Change Science Program
(CCSP) brings together the resources and
expertise of thirteen departments and
agencies of the U.S. Government into a common
management structure in support of research on
climate and global change. This combined approach
enables the U.S. Government to put forth an
unprecedented effort to address the challenges and
answer the questions posed by these issues. This
document describes a research strategy for
developing improved knowledge of climate
variability and change and the potential impacts
on our environment and our lives. It also provides
for the development of resources and tools that will
empower policy-makers with the knowledge
necessary for making informed decisions that will
benefit our Nation and the world.
The CCSP Strategic Plan's vision is a Nation and
the global community empowered with the science-
based knowledge to manage the risks and opportu-
nities of change in the climate and related environ-
mental systems. Its mission is to develop a frame-
work for acquiring and applying knowledge of the
Earth's global environment through research, ob-
servations, decision support and communication.
The CCSP Strategic Plan was developed through
an open and transparent process that engaged the
global climate science community and interested
stakeholders from academia, industry, government,
interest groups and the general public. The Strate-
gic Plan synthesizes a broad range of perspectives
and interests into a powerful framework that reaches
across government agencies, nations and scientific
The CCSP strategic plan's vision is "a Nation and the
global community empowered with the science-based
knowledge to manage the risks and opportunities of change
in the climate and related environmental systems. "
Responding to the National Research Council of
the National Academy of Sciences June 2001 report
commissioned by President Bush, the President
established the Climate Change Research Initiative,
to "study areas of uncertainty and identify priority
areas where investments can make a difference."
Those principles include:
* Adopt a measured approach based on the best
* Remain flexible, able to adapt to new
discoveries and technology
* Leverage the power of markets and
* Ensure global participation
* Ensure continued economic growth
disciplines to address scientific challenges through
integration, cooperation and coordination.
The CCSP Strategic Plan will advance the state of
knowledge of climate variability, the potential
response of the climate system (and related human
and environmental systems) to human-induced
changes in the atmosphere and land surface, and
the implications of these changes and management
options for natural environments and our way of
life. The plan will support scientific discovery and
excellence, and encourage partnerships that
facilitate the use of knowledge to protect the Earth's
environment and ensure a safer, healthier planet
for future generations.
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Climate Change Science Program. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan Executive Summary: Building a Course for Greater Climate Understanding, text, July 2003; Washington, DC. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc11955/m1/2/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .