Highlights Of Recent USGCRP Research Results

The following section describes recent research results that represent scientific advances in addressing each of the four issues that are the current focus of the USGCRP. Thousands of scientists, researchers, and students, both nationally and internationally, contribute to the research results of the USGCRP. It often takes many small contributions before a major advance can be made in increasing human understanding of the Earth system and all its interactions. While it is impossible to list all of the projects and individual publications that have led to advancing this field of knowledge, this section highlights some of the recent results and accomplishments of USGCRP-supported research to provide a sense of the scope and depth of the increased understanding of the Earth system that is gained through this program. The research highlights in this chapter are organized by the current primary global change issue and science question addressed. For further information on any of these items, the reader may consult the one or two primary references given. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, all relevant references could not be included here.

  1. Seasonal-To-Interannaul Climate Change

    1. What Progress Has Been Made In Predicting Significant Changes In Seasonal To Interannual Variability?

    2. What Are Some Of The Events And Their Consequences Associated With Predicting Significant Changes In Seasonal To Interannual Variability?

  2. Climate Change Over The Next Few Decades

    1. What New Evidence Is There About Processes That Result In Changes In Greenhouse Gases And Aerosol Concentrations In The Atmosphere?

    2. What Has Been Learned About The Influence Of Clouds And Other Feedbacks On Climate?

    3. What Has Been Learned About The Influences Of Ecosystem Changes On Climate?

    4. What Has Been Learned About Future Climate Changes From Research On Past Climate Changes Over The History Of The Earth?

    5. What Improvements Have Been Made In Predicting Future Changes In Climate?

    6. What New Evidence Is There That The Climate Is Changing In Response To Societal Activities?

    7. What Has Been Learned About The Potential Consequences Of Climate Change?

    8. What New Information Is There Regarding The Potential For Society To Adapt To And Mitigate Climate Change?

  3. Climate Change Over The Next Few Decades

    1. What New Observational Information Is There About The Depletion Of Stratospheric Ozone?

    2. What Has Been Observed Recently About The Levels Of Ozone Depleting Compounds In The Atmosphere?

    3. What Has Been Learned About The Physical And Chemical Processes That Lead To Ozone Depletion?

    4. What New Information Is There About Increased UV Radiation At The Surface?

    5. What Are Some Recent Findings On The Consequences And Mitigation Of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion?

  4. Changes In Land Cover And Terrestrial And Marine Ecosystems

    1. What New Research Is There On Monitoring Land- Cover Change ?

    2. What Are Some Of The Effects Of Land-Cover And Land-Use Changes?

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