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US National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change DLESE Reviewed Collection
The United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) was created as a high-priority national research program to: address key uncertainties about changes in the Earth's global environmental system, both natural and human-induced; monitor, understand, and predict global change; and provide a sound scientific basis for national and international decision-making. Some of the global change issues studied include: seasonal to inter-annual climate fluctuations, climate change over decades to centuries, stratospheric ozone depletion, UV radiation, and atmospheric chemistry. Another research subject is analysis of changes in land cover and in terrestrial and marine ecosystems. In addition to background on USGCRP this site contains a library of global change research documents and a listing of current or on-going research projects. Most of these papers are posted on-line in their entirety. One unique feature of this site is "Ask Doctor Global Change" by clicking on this service the user can browse a list of frequently asked global change questions or create one of their own. The answers are provided by global systems experts working at the Global Change Research Information Office. This resource is part of the Biocomplexity collection.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Report
  • Portal:
    • Government
  • Services:
    • Ask an expert
  • Agricultural science
  • Atmospheric science
  • Biology
  • Climatology
  • Environmental science
  • Forestry
  • Hydrology
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information is unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-266
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural resources
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How human actions modify the physical env.
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: US Climate Change Science Program - Global Change Research Program