D1: Advancing science and informing decisions: 30 years of USGCRP

Since its establishment in 1990, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has coordinated global change research across the federal agencies named in its founding legislation, the Global Change Research Act. Tasked with “assist[ing] the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change,” USGCRP now enters its fourth decade as a federal program, and as it does, it looks to continue advancing scientific understanding of global environmental change. In addition, with the recent release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment and the development of a framework for sustained assessment, USGCRP continues its key role in synthesizing diverse research findings to provide accessible and useful information to decision-makers and the public.

This session will look at the history of USGCRP and its successes in interagency collaboration. It will consider the evolving information needs of stakeholders, the development and role of policy-neutral science to inform decision-making, and look to the next 30 years of global change research. The session will conclude with an opportunity for the NCSE community to share ideas for future research direction. 

Our speakers and their topics are as follows:
History and evolution of USGCRP: Dr. Andy Miller, Associate Director for Climate at the Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Role of policy-neutral science in decision-making: Dr. Virginia Burkett, co-Chair, Subcommittee on Global Change Research and Chief Scientist for Climate and Land-Use Change, U.S. Geological Survey
The next 30 years of global change research: Dr. Jack Kaye, Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division, NASA.

Presenters

  • Katie Reeves, Engagement and Communications Lead, U.S. Global Change Research Program
  • Dr. Andy Miller, Associate Director for Climate at the Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dr. Virginia Burkett, co-Chair, Subcommittee on Global Change Research and Chief Scientist for Climate and Land-Use Change, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Dr. Jack Kaye, Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division, NASA