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Project Title:

Advice to the US Global Change Research Program
PIN: DELS-BASC-11-01        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit: Board on Atmospheric Sciences & Climate

RSO: Dunlea, Edward

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Earth Sciences; Environment and Environmental Studies

Project Scope
Advice to the US Global Change Research Program

Statement of Task

An expert committee will provide ongoing and focused advice to the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). The committee will be broadly constituted to bring expertise in all the areas addressed by the multi-agency, multi-dimensional USGCRP and will be supported by expertise housed in many units across the National Research Council. The committee will, over time, organize ongoing discussions, take on specific tasks, and issue reports.

In its role as a single entry source of contact to the National Research Council and source of strategic discussion with appropriate experts, the Committee to Advise the US Global Change Research Program will:

1. Provide ongoing, integrated advice to the USGCRP on broad, program-wide issues when requested. This began with a review of the 2011 USGCRP Strategic Plan, will include other tasks such as a review of the National Climate Assessment (NCA) and evaluation of USGCRP progress toward its Strategic Plan objectives.
2. Provide a forum for informal interaction between the USGCRP and the relevant scientific communities.
3. Provide a forum for exchange of experience and insights for integrating across science communities and improving linkages between officials of the Program and the science communities.
4. Improve the internal coordination across existing and future NRC entities related to global change (including coordination across NAS, NAE, and IOM).
5. Help identify issues of importance for the global change research community. This implies a proactive role that goes beyond simply responding to requests from the USGCRP.
6. Interact with and help USGCRP with its international activities, such as shaping the future of relevant international global environmental change programs.
7. In addition to producing NRC reports as tasked, the committee may help develop other work requests and ensure that they are conducted by the appropriate NRC units in a collaborative fashion.

Statement of Task for Upcoming Specific Activities:

(1) Review of the Draft Update to the USGCRP Strategic Plan

The Advisory Committee will conduct an independent review of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's draft update to the strategic plan (USP). The Advisory Committee’s review will take place concurrent with public review. The Advisory Committee will address the following questions about the draft update:

1. Does the USP adequately document the status of USGCRP efforts to achieve the goals and objectives laid out in the Strategic Plan for responding to the nation's needs for information on climate change and global change, their potential implications, and the potential effects of different response options?
2. Does the USP appropriately identify areas where USGCRP should continue to put emphasis, as well as areas that require increased attention? If the USP identifies any new areas of emphasis or areas needing increased attention for the USGCRP, are these topics and the efforts identified for approaching them appropriate for the Program?
3. Does the written document describing the program effectively communicate with both stakeholders and the scientific community?

(2) Short Report on Development of New Performance Measures for the USGCRP:
Identification of Key Program Areas Needing New Performance Measures

The Advisory Committee will begin work on the first phase of a two-phase process to help the USGCRP develop performance measures suited to the Program.

The first phase will involve the production of a short consensus report covering two topics:
• A summary of the Program’s major areas of effort since its inception with a more detailed look at the efforts within the past decade as a way to identify areas that the Program has emphasized over its history, with an emphasis on interagency coordination and process areas for which USGCRP is responsible.
• Within that landscape of areas of effort, identification of major areas of the Program for which it is important to assess performance to help measure and guide future progress, and identification of some such areas in which useful performance measures might be developed in the near term. Particular attention should be paid to areas that are interagency or are single agency but foundational to the work that USGCRP does.

The Advisory Committee may commission background research to be done by an external consultant to help inform the generation of this short report. This background research would draw upon numerous sources of information, potentially including: public documents (NCA-1, -2, and -3; Our Changing Planet and antecedent priorities memoranda; strategic plans; and other documents and summaries that might be retrieved or prepared by USGCRP), interviews, and analyses of budgets and expenditures.

This short report would be developed as input to the second phase of the project on developing performance measures to be undertaken in FY17. This second phase would consist of a consensus study performed by a new study committee to work with USGCRP, member agencies, and other stakeholders to develop a set of performance measures suited to the Program, its updated strategic plan, and the sustained and quadrennial National Climate Assessments.

Project Duration: 36 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 08/09/2011
 Meeting 2 - 10/10/2011
 Meeting 3 - 12/12/2011
 Meeting 4 - 01/05/2012
 Meeting 5 - 04/04/2012
 Meeting 6 - 07/24/2012
 Meeting 7 - 08/29/2013
 Meeting 8 - 11/25/2013
 Meeting 9 - 04/07/2014
 Meeting 10 - 12/08/2014
 Meeting 11 - 03/02/2015
 Meeting 12 - 03/26/2015
 Meeting 13 - 04/03/2015
 Meeting 14 - 04/30/2015
 Meeting 15 - 06/16/2015
 Meeting 16 - 07/29/2015
 Meeting 17 - 08/21/2015
 Meeting 18 - 10/06/2015


Reports having no URL can be seen
at the Public Access Records Office
A Review of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's Draft Strategic Plan
Enhancing Participation in the U.S. Global Change Research Program