The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is requesting comments on the “USGS Global Change Science Strategy: A Framework for Understanding and Responding to Climate and Land-Use.” Details for reviewing and commenting on the plan are available in the following letter from Matt Larsen, Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change at the USGS.

Dear USGS Stakeholder and Partner:

As you may know, in 2007 the USGS developed a Science Strategy outlining 6 overarching strategic science directions that we should focus on over the next 10 years. As part of implementing that strategy, we have aligned our management structure with Mission Areas that align with those strategic directions.

A team of scientists is now developing a 10-year science strategy for the new Climate and Land Use Change Mission Area. This strategy is being developed to further implement the USGS Science Strategy and will be used in setting priorities and implementation planning for future USGS climate and land-use change programs and activities. This is part of an overall effort to create strategies for all of the new Mission Areas.

We invite you to visit the USGS Science Strategy website (http://www.usgs.gov/startwithscience/) to review the draft “USGS Global Change Science Strategy: A Framework for Understanding and Responding to Climate and Land-Use” and provide your comments and feedback. The draft will be available for a 60-day period. Comments received will be taken into consideration in preparing the final document.

The website also includes background material on this plan and the strategic science planning process for all the USGS Mission Areas. Please help us create a compelling, comprehensive, and relevant strategy by visiting the site to offer your input.

Sincerely,

Matt Larsen Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change

 


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