"I am pleased to forward with this letter 'Our Changing Planet: The FY 1991 U.S. Global Change Research Program,' a report by the Committee on Earth Sciences of the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology to accompany the President's Fiscal Year 1991 Budget. The report outlines an accelerated, focused research strategy designed to reduce key scientific uncertainties and to develop more reliable scientific predictions upon which sound policies and responses to global change can be based. Because of the importance of this area, the President is proposing a 57 percent increase in the budget for this effort for FY 1991. The research program presented here is a key component of the President's overall approach to the global change issue. This approach has, as its central goal, the provision of a sound scientific basis for developing national and international policy on global change. The President has called for an expanded schedule of international collaboration on research, monitoring, data exchange, and a new Framework Convention on climate change. This comprehensive approach recognizes the profound economic and social implications of responding to global environmental changes and maintains U.S. leadership on this issue."
U.S. Global Change Research Program Resource Library: http://www.library.globalchange.gov/