Solving the Puzzle: Researching the Impacts of Climate Change Around the World   [open pdf - 5MB]

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published this interdisciplinary research report on the impacts of climate change around the world. "Researchers funded by NSF have discovered signs of a changing climate in nearly every corner of the globe, from the icy expanses of Earth's polar regions to its equatorial ecosystems. Our planet's climate affects-and is affected by-the sky, land, ice, sea, life and the people found on it. To piece together the entire puzzle of climate change-what we know, what we still have to learn and what humankind can do to prepare for the future-we must study all of the physical, natural and human systems that contribute to and interact with Earth's climate system. As researchers piece together the climate puzzle, they are revolutionizing the way we understand the Earth system as a whole. Researchers have realized that they must reach across disciplinary boundaries to study questions that extend beyond any one field of science or engineering. In fact, because of the complexity of Earth's climate, this research involves contributions from nearly every field of science, math and engineering. In no area is NSF's contribution more important-or more influential-than in interdisciplinary research. NSF responds to the needs of research communities by supporting teams that include experts from multiple disciplines. NSF is unique among other government agencies with a science mission because NSF funds research, infrastructure and education across all disciplines of science and engineering."

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