This report reviews a draft 10-year strategic plan for the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) as part of the National Research Council’s long history as an independent advisor to USGRCRP. The report concludes that the program is “evolving in the right direction,” but identifies several ways that planning efforts could be strengthened.
The proposed broadening of USGCRP’s scope to address not only climate change but also other climate-related global changes is appropriate and an important step. However, the draft plan does not always acknowledge the true challenges—such as increasingly constrained budget resources—involved in meeting those goals or offer clear strategies for how to those challenges can actually be addressed.