The Science Plan updates the program's goals and priorities based on achievements to date. It describes the expansion of core research to target specific challenges, including: Climate Variability and Predictability on decadal time scales, Climate Extremes, Polar Climate, and Climate and Ocean Carbon/BioChemistry. The Science Plan emphasizes strengthened ties to the broader Earth Science community and relevance to societal impacts and is intended to bolster funding commitments by U.S. agencies to achieve their mission objectives and articulates envisioned collaborations with other U.S. and International research programs. The Plan represents the input and interests of Scientists, Funding Agencies, and Stakeholders throughout the Climate Community.
US CLIVAR is a national research program investigating the variability and predictability of the global climate system on time scales ranging from seasons to hundresds of years, with a particular emphasis on the role of the ocean.
The program contributes directly to USGCRP by coordinating and advancing U.S. research to improve documentation, understanding, modeling, and prediction of global and regional climate variations. US CLIVAR is supported by USGCRP agencies including, NASA, NOAA, NSF, DOE, and DOD/ONR.