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Addressing Global Climate Change
Federal Climate Science ProgramThe President requests nearly $2 billion in his FY 2005 budget for climate science research, with $238 million for the Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI), a 42 percent increase over the FY 2004 enacted level. Energy Secretary Abraham, Commerce Secretary Evans, and White House Science Adviser Marburger released a 10-Year comprehensive Strategic Plan for the U.S. Climate Change
Science Program in July 2003. The plan describes a strategy for developing knowledge of variability and change in climate and related environmental and human systems, and for encouraging the application of this knowledge. Secretary Evans also announced a $103 million two-year Federal initiative to accelerate the deployment of new global observation technologies, focused on oceans, atmospheric aerosols, and the carbon cycle. After reviewing the Strategic Plan, the National Research Council commended its scope and content, stating that [t]he plan articulates a guiding vision, is appropriately ambitious, and is broad in scope. It encompasses activities related to areas of longstanding importance as well as new or enhanced cross disciplinary efforts. Advancing science on all fronts identified by the program will be of vital importance to the nation.
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