Developing Actionable Climate Science
(Climate Action Plan, p. 16.)
The 13-agency U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is to lead a $2.7 billion project to increase understanding of climate-change impacts, establish a public-private partnership to explore risk and catastrophe modeling, and develop information and tools needed to respond to both long-term climate change impacts and near-term effects of extreme weather.
Implementation, Progress, and Outcomes
December 18, 2013: the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that its eight regional Climate Science Centers were awarding nearly $7 million to universities and other partners to fund more than 50 studies into the effects of climate change on natural resources. Funded projects include: identifying the most vulnerable species, habitats, and ecosystems and finding ways to make them more resilient; projecting the impacts of climate change on streams and fish; building science-based land-management models; informing coastal conservation and restoration in the northern Gulf of Mexico; and studying the effects of drought on fish and wildlife. Several studies will focus on potential impacts of particular concern to Native Americans and some will use traditional ecological knowledge to guide adaptation planning. The research is expected to be useful to natural and cultural resource managers as they design plans to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change. (Press Release, DOI, Interior Announces Funding for New Scientific Studies as Part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan (Dec. 18, 2013).) A full list of the projects is available here.
March 4, 2014: President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, which provides $2.5 billion for USGCRP. (See Opportunity for All: Building a Clean Energy Economy, Improving Energy Security, and Taking Action on Climate Change 6.)
This page was last updated on March 12, 2014.