Our Changing Planet: The Fiscal Year 2003 U.S. Global Change Research Program and Climate Change Research Initiative [open pdf - 2MB]
"We are pleased to transmit to you a copy of 'Our Changing Planet: The FY 2003 U.S. Global Change Research Program and Climate Change Research Initiative'. The report describes the activities and plans of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which was established in 1989 and authorized by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990. This year, the report also describes the start-up activities for the U.S. Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI), established by President George W. Bush to accelerate research on climate change. The CCRI supplements the ongoing USGCRP work by providing focus and targeting resources to areas where significant 2 to 5 year improvements in decision-relevant information are possible. The CCRI is an important part of the Administration's broader approach to climate change that seeks to achieve both environmental protection and a healthy economy, based on the best possible information for action. This year's 'Our Changing Planet' also describes the new science and technology management arrangements announced by the President in February 2002 to ensure that resources invested are used effectively. The new science structure includes the interagency Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), which oversees the entire range of research sponsored by both USGCRP and CCRI."
U.S. Global Change Research Program Resource Library: http://www.library.globalchange.gov/