The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), on behalf of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), published a Federal Register Notice seeking public comment on the draft USGCRP Decadal Strategic Plan, 2022–2031 to help advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s urgent commitment to tackling the climate change crisis.

The upcoming strategic plan – which is informed by robust engagement with the public – will detail the USGCRP’s vision for global change research across the Federal Government and establish the goals and priorities of this research. USGCRP’s 10-year plans allow for long-term visioning for the Program.

“Crafting policy based on the best available science is a key priority of the Biden-Harris Administration,” said OSTP Deputy Director for Climate and Environment, Dr. Jane Lubchenco. “The input USGCRP receives from this call will help us understand public needs and better inform decisions.”

The USGCRP Decadal Strategic Plan will focus on a range of global changes including climate change and nature loss – and the myriad ways that they affect people, our health, economy, and opportunities. When final, the Plan will be a roadmap for Federal efforts to advance the science of global change that will enable enhanced, science-based decision-making by the public and private sectors.

USGCRP Decadal Strategic Plan:

The draft USGCRP Decadal Strategic Plan will be informed by public feedback on four strategic pillars, as well as crosscutting themes that will guide program priorities and activities.  In addition, members of the public should consider the following areas for feedback:

  • ideas on emerging, large-scale scientific questions related to global change and/or response, especially those where interagency collaboration will be critical;
  • specific information on how and why science is or is not being used to inform societal response to climate change; and
  • knowledge gaps and obstacles to accessing or applying scientific tools or knowledge.

Individuals who wish to participate in the public review of the draft 2022–2031 USGCRP Decadal Strategic Plan are encouraged to register via the USGCRP Review and Comment System. The document and instructions are available until 11:59 PM EDT on July 15, 2022. The Federal Register Notice for Public Comment on the Draft USGCRP Decadal Strategic Plan, 2022–2031 can be found here.

More on USGCRP: The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is a Federal program mandated by Congress to coordinate Federal research and investments in understanding the forces shaping the global environment, both human and natural, and their impacts on society. USGCRP facilitates collaboration and cooperation across its 13 Federal member agencies to advance understanding of the changing Earth system and maximize efficiencies in Federal global change research.


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