An Integrated Strategy for Government-Sponsored Science
|Location||International Geological Congress,oslo 2008|
|Holding Date||04 October 2008|
The world faces formidable environmental challenges – a rapidly expanding population, climate change, accelerated demand for natural resources – that have major implications for priorities in the conduct and direction of natural science, particularly government-sponsored science. With these challenges in mind, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a broad science policy composed of six integrated multiscale strategic directions that cross traditional academic boundaries of science disciplines. At USGS we believe that the starting point to understanding the complexity of earth systems is the concept of ecosystems. Understanding ecosystems and predicting ecosystem change requires robust scientific assessments and modeling of ecosystem conditions as climate and human-induced land changes occur. Sustainability not only requires that scientists document the condition and trends of Earth’s resources, but also implies that scientists effectively inform nonscientists about the drivers of change so that society may carefully manage natural resources and avoid crossing critical ecological thresholds.