Interagency Cooperation The success of the USGCRP is built around the cooperation and coordination of the participating agencies. The integration of planning and program design across agencies had led to more efficient and effective implementation, such as adapting common standards and issuing of joint research announcements. Examples include:
USGCRP Joint Program in Terrestrial Ecology Research
In 1994, the USGCRP identified terrestrial ecology research as a critical gap and requested a special budget increment. In 1995, a joint agency request for proposals was issued through the National Science Foundation. The Terrestrial ECOlogy Initiative (known as TECO) supports research related to: (1) the role of terrestrial ecosystems in the carbon, nitrogen, and related chemical cycles; (2) the consequences of global change on ecosystems; and (3) ecosystem feedbacks on global change. TECO is closely linked to goals of the international IGBP Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme.
USGCRP Global Change Data and Information System
USGCRP agencies are working together to construct a Global Change Data and Information System (GCDIS), which will provide an infrastructure for managing the massive amounts of diverse global change data being produced through the Program. Internet links are available to global change databases through the GCDIS home page, which can be accessed through the World Wide Web at: http://www.gcdis.usgcrp.gov.
USGCRP Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring
Several USGCRP agencies operate UV monitoring networks that address concerns related to the effects of increased UV exposure on agriculture, human health, and fish and wildlife. The networks use different types of instruments to meet various research needs. In 1994, the USGCRP developed a plan for ensuring that the data collected by these networks are intercalibrated and coordinated with international efforts. During 1995, a network calibration facility was established to accomplish this task. Interagency networks will yield a much broader picture of UV radiation measurements at the Earth's surface.