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Accession Number PB2013-100264
Title Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Global Change Research Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013.
Publication Date Feb 2013
Media Count 67p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Global change is happening now. Increases in population, industrialization, and human activities have altered the world's climate, oceans, land, ice cover, and ecosystems. In the United States, climate change has already resulted in more frequent heat waves, extreme precipitation, wildfires, and water scarcity. These are serious challenges that directly affect American families, communities, and jobs. The only way to respond effectively is with a sound understanding of the changes underway, the threats and opportunities they present, and how they will change over time. The United States Congress recognized this urgent need in 1990 by mandating a Federal interagency program to assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change. The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is designed to fulfill that mandate by coordinating the Federal Government's $2.6 billion annual investment in global change researchthe largest such investment in the world.
Keywords Climate change
Global aspects
Heat waves
Ice cover
Land use
Population growth
Research programs
Water scarcity

Source Agency National Science Foundation
NTIS Subject Category 55E - Physical Meteorology
48 - Natural Resources & Earth Sciences
68 - Environmental Pollution & Control
Corporate Author National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Science and Technology Policy Office.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1313
Contract Number N/A

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