In response to the President's directives, the integrated USGCRP-CCRI program will include a special focus on climate change over the next 2-5 years. Over the longer term, the program will focus on the full range of global change issues-including alterations in climate, land productivity, oceans or other water resources, atmospheric chemistry, and ecological systems that may alter the capacity of the Earth to sustain life-as directed by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990. The program will include new approaches for supporting both national and international policy making and resource management by private and public sector actors at many geographic scales. The integrated plan will highlight research objectives necessary to build the science base to support decision making, and will also address other needs such as observations/monitoring, modeling capacity, and data and information system requirements. Finally, the plan will describe management approaches for integrating information and providing better coordinated implementation.