Science Goals for Research on Climate Change over the Next Few Decades
- Observe and document the trends and patterns of change in the Earth's climate system, including the atmosphere, oceans, glaciers, sea ice, and the biosphere.
- Understand Earth system processes relevant to the regulation and radiative forcing of climate, and develop predictive models of regional to global climate change over time scales from a decade to a century.
- Assess the vulnerability of Earth systems, including economic, human health, and ecological systems, to the predicted rates and magnitudes of climate change.
- Support national and international science and technology assessments of the climate system that bring research results from natural and social sciences into a framework for evaluating and communicating the likelihood of significant climate change, and society's potential for mitigating, adapting, or responding to change.
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Last updated 04/10/96