Climate Research and Development ProgramClimate R&D Program

About the Program

The USGS Climate Research and Development (Climate R&D) Program conducts research to improve understanding of the rates, causes, and consequences of climate and land use change.  Read more

Science Topics

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Carbon Cycle Change

The "carbon cycle" includes the natural cycling of carbon through plants, soils, seawater, rocks, and sediments, as well as the carbon transfers and transformations caused by human actions.  Read more

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Climate Change

Variability in the Earth's climate affects the location and health of terrestrial and marine ecosystems; the distribution, quantity, and quality of water resources; and the sustainability of human societies.  Read more

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Hydrologic Change

Water is essential for life on Earth and is fundamental to the survival of human societies.  Read more

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Land Cover Change

The land surface of the Earth is covered by various combinations of vegetation, water bodies, agricultural fields, asphalt and concrete, and other materials (collectively referred to as "land cover").  Read more

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