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About Dr. Global Change









Please read the following before asking a question:

"Dr. Global Change" is a REFERENCE SERVICE that assists users in finding data and information concerning changes to the global environment. We focus on the major elements of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, as outlined in "Our Changing Planet". These elements are:

  • Climate Variability and Change
  • Atmospheric Composition
  • Global Carbon Cycle
  • Global Water Cycle
  • Changes in Ecosystems
  • Human Dimensions of Global Change

QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED by the GCRIO staff, along with staff from other U.S. government agencies participating in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. The staff consists of information specialists with access to a wide range of reference materials and experts.

TURN-AROUND TIME: We attempt to answer questions within a maximum of 10 working days, however sometimes we get more questions than we have time to answer and it may take up to a couple of weeks for us to respond. We cannot guarantee a response to all questions.

We welcome questions from students, however, WE DO NOT DO HOMEWORK OR ANSWER TEST QUESTIONS. We are not a substitute for studying and library research.

Please, BE SPECIFIC! Avoid questions that are broad in scope, such as: "What is climate change?", "What is Ozone Depletion?" Questions such as these are too general. There are many educational web sites that offer great explanations for these types of question. You will find them on our LINKS page.

Since we are an Internet based service, OUR ANSWERS will usually point you to Internet based resources (mostly Web sites from participating government agencies, research institutions, and non-governmental organizations). Specific questions may get a brief factual answer.

WE DO NOT offer personal opinions or do interviews. Our answers are based upon currently accepted scientific research.

We do not give MEDICAL or LEGAL ADVICE.

BEFORE YOU ASK A QUESTION, make sure you've checked the Question & Answer Archives. You might just find an immediate answer to your question. You could also try browsing throught our Global Change Links page. If you still can't find an answer, proceed to the Ask a Question form.

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