Volume 7, Issue 1
February 2016

In this issue

13 Agencies, One Vision: The Strategic Plan

Implementation of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s 2012-2021 Strategic Plan is well underway, and we’re updating our research strategy to account for progress on our goals and in response to changing scientific and societal challenges. The public comment period for the draft update ended on January 30, 2016. Thank you to all who provided input! The National Academy of Sciences will be submitting comments on this same draft.

Updates from the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program

The Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG), via the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program, has started work on the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2), updating and expanding on the First SOCCR (released in 2007). SOCCR-2 will focus on scientific understanding of North American carbon cycle stocks and fluxes, in the context of and interactions with global scale budgets and climate change impacts in managed and unmanaged systems. A February 2 public forum offered an opportunity for interested parties and stakeholders to provide individual input on proposed SOCCR-2 themes.

The Global Carbon Project, an international scientific partnership affiliated with the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program, released the 2015 Global Carbon Budget in December, a yearly accounting of carbon dioxide emissions and removal by natural sinks over time. Global and national CO2 emissions data from fossil fuels can also be accessed in the Global Carbon Atlas.

Highlights from the 5th Biennial Meeting of the North American Carbon Program Principal Investigators are available in an overview paper recently published in collaboration with the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program, concluding that new technologies, research and monitoring networks, and theoretical approaches to understanding the dynamics of multiple greenhouse gases will facilitate the use of North American carbon cycle science in decision making within and across jurisdictional and geopolitical boundaries.


Updates from the Global Change Information System

At the 2016 Federation of Earth Science Information Partners Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, the Global Change Information System team convened a panel session and presented the poster “Global Change Information for Informed Decisions.” At the “Linked Data in the Global Change Information System” panel session, representatives from the NASA Climate Data Initiative, U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, Federal Geographic Data Committee GeoPlatform, and the USGCRP Adaptation Science IWG led a discussion on knowledge sharing among scientists and policymakers designed to better inform community resilience decisions.

Upcoming Events

We’ll be at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Family Science Days event, February 13-14, part of the AAAS 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Stop by our booth for science-based games, puzzles, and interactive displays. Registration is free.



New from the U.S. Forest Service: Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States, an input to the National Climate Assessment and the National Integrated Drought Information System.

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme – a working group of the Arctic Council – released complementary assessments of Arctic climate forcers in late 2015, designed to help policymakers consider the impacts of methane, ozone, and black carbon emissions on the Arctic environment. Both reports are available in our Resource Library.
Staff News
Join the USGCRP National Coordination Office team! USGCRP is seeking applicants to join our Global Change Information System (GCIS) team. GCIS is an open-source, web-based resource for linking traceable global change data, information, and products, thus making, for example, the technical underpinnings of a statement of fact or finding in a USGCRP assessment clear and transparent. Positions are currently available for Data Manager and Software Engineer, with experience in data / metadata management and software development, respectively.

Welcome to two new staff members at USGCRP’s National Coordination Office: Engagement Support Associate Katie Reeves and Science Writer Alexa Jay.

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The U.S. Global Change Research Program coordinates and integrates global change research across 13 Federal agencies to most effectively serve the Nation and the world.