Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan Executive Summary: Building a Course for Greater Climate Understanding Page: 3
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The Strategic Plan identifies four core
approaches that will serve as the backbone
to achieving its mission. Those areas are
identified as science, observations, decision support
and communications. By focusing in these specific
areas the plan focuses on moving in new scientific
directions, employing new research activities, filling
critical data gaps through observations, developing
operational tools for decision-makers and managers
and communicating results across communities and
1. Research: Plan, sponsor, and study
changes in climate and related systems
The science element will incorporate seven
interdisciplinary research elements with an
emphasis on integrating activities such as modeling,
observations, and data management, with its
research activities, while maintaining a careful
balance between focus and breadth by involving
both decision makers and the science community.
The seven science elements include:
* Atmospheric Composition
* Climate Variability and Change
* Global Water Cycle
* Land Use/Land Cover Change
* Global Carbon Cycle
* Human Contributions and Responses
2. Observations: Enhance observation and
data management systems for a
comprehensive set of variables needed for
research on changes in climate and
Observations will play a key role in filling critical
data gaps. As this data becomes available it will fill
a need for enhanced global and regional integration
of observation and data management systems,
especially to help produce new and improved
products for decision support activities. The U.S.
has taken the lead in developing a new international
Earth Observation program to be developed over
the next 10 years, which will be the subject of the
Earth Observation Summit hosted by the U.S. on
July 31, 2003. The CCSP will benefit from and
contribute to the design and operational
implementation of this system.
3. Decision support: Develop improved
science-based decision support resources
Ultimately, the knowledge gained from science must
be available to decision-makers in usable formats that
clearly indicate levels of uncertainty and confidence.
These tools will enable the development of new
methods, models, and other resources that facilitate
economic analysis, policy analysis and environmental
management decision making.
4. Communications: Communicate results
to domestic and international scientific
and stakeholder communities stressing
openness and transparency
Climate change is inherently a global issue, with
implications that touch every nation and every
community. It is incumbent on the U.S., as a leader
in climate science to communicate its findings with
interested partners in the United States and
throughout the world, and to learn from these
partners on a continuing basis. As an essential part
of its mission, the CCSP undertakes the significant
responsibility of enhancing the quality of public
discussion by stressing openness and transparency
in its findings and reports.
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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/m1/3/: accessed June 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .