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GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
INFORMATION SERVICE

During the last decade, USGCRP-supported research has increased the world's scientific knowledge of global environmental change. Research supported by the USGCRP is laying the foundation for a viable, fully functioning U.S. Global Environmental Change Information Service supported by a multidisciplinary scientific research community. This service would assist society by providing information on how a changing global environment (i.e., physical, biological, and human systems) affects regions within the United States.
      For example, in the last five years, USGCRP-supported research has assisted in the production and distribution of rainfall and temperature forecasts on timescales ranging from three to five days up to seasonal and interannual timescales. The challenge for the next decade is to expand global environmental change information to all timescales days, seasonal, interannual, decadal, centennial, and millennial forecasts and to include information on climate, ecosystems, carbon, water, and so forth.
      The U.S. Global Environmental Change Information Service will integrate research, assessment, and prediction activities with the more traditional distribution of scientific information to provide:
  1. Interface between producers of scientific information and decisionmakers/clients (e.g., Federal agencies, national security offices at the State Department, the intelligence community, the National Security Council, state and local governments, and the public) to ensure useful information is developed and distributed for the benefit of all.
  2. Creation of environmental change information products for use by decisionmakers in affected sectors, including agriculture, human health, water resources, and energy.
  3. Integration of currently existing elements of an environmental information service, including: national assessment programs; global change management applications and information activities; global change data and information activities; and the Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO).

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