National Science Foundation (NSF) programs address global change issues
through investments that advance frontiers of knowledge and provide
state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities while also cultivating
a diverse highly trained workforce and developing resources for public
education. In particular, NSF global change research programs support
research and related activities to advance the fundamental
understanding of physical, chemical, biological, and human systems and
the interactions among them. The programs encourage interdisciplinary
activities and focus particularly on Earth system processes and the
consequences of change for organisms and ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society.
NSF programs facilitate data acquisition and
information management activities necessary for fundamental research on
global change, and promote the enhancement of models designed to
improve understanding of Earth system processes and feedbacks that link ecosystems to global climate systems, and develop advanced analytic methods to facilitate basic research. NSF
also supports fundamental research on the processes used by
organizations to identify and evaluate policies for mitigation,
adaptation, and other responses to the challenge of varying
environmental conditions. Through its investment, NSF contributes to
the overall goals identified
in the 2003 Strategic Plan.
Visit NSF's climate change website.