USGCRP's FY15 Annual Report to Congress released

October 22, 2014
Washington, D.C.


The recently published U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)'s  FY15 Our Change Planet (OCP) report includes several CCIWG/US Carbon Cycle Science Program related highlights, such as the ones on the International Soil Carbon Network and the Urban Carbon and Human Interactions workshop and publications.

'Since 1989, the USGCRP has submitted annual reports to Congress called Our Changing Planet. The reports describe the status of USGCRP research activities, provide progress updates, and document recent accomplishments. This FY 2015 edition of Our Changing Planet provides a summary of programmatic achievements, recent progress, future priorities, and budgetary information. It thereby meets the requirements set forth in the U.S. Global Change Research Act of 1990 (GCRA, Section 102, P. L. 101–606) to provide an annual report on Federal global change research priorities and programs. It does not express any regulatory policies of the United States or any of its agencies, or make any findings that could serve as predicates for regulatory action.'

 In his introductory letter to Congress, John P. Holdren, OSTP Director and Assistant to the President specifies: '...This latest edition of Our Changing Planet includes an overview of the USGCRP research enterprise and recent highlights that demonstrate how the Program is meeting the mandate of the GCRA and fulfilling its 2012–2021 Strategic Plan. The report also illustrates linkages between USGCRP’s strategic research goals and President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, spotlighting several aspects of the President’s Plan in which USGCRP plays a critical implementation role....'

Cross-posted from

Our Changing Planet: The Year in Global Change Research

The latest edition of Our Changing Planet, USGCRP's annual report to Congress, illustrates the Program's significant progress in meeting our mandate and fulfilling the 2012-2021 Strategic Plan. It gives an overview of the Federal global change research enterprise and upcoming research priorities, with plain-language highlights spotlighting recent efforts to advance science and support societal needs. It also draws a line of sight between USGCRP’s strategic research goals and several aspects of the President's Climate Action Plan.

Among the many highlights in the report, a few examples include:

Our Changing Planet demonstrates how USGCRP reaches across the spectrum of research, assessment, decision support, education, and communication to build a knowledge base that informs human responses to global change.