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Weather and Climate in the 2016 Budget

Weather and Climate in the 2016 Budget

Paul A. T. Higgins and Shalini Mohleji

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  • The President proposes relief from sequestration, which will otherwise return in FY 2016. A return to sequestration would constrain non-defense discretionary funding, which includes weather and climate related research, relative to FY 2015.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) requests a large proportional increase in funding (over 30 percent) for its Applied Science Program (ASP), which promotes the application of results from NASA's observations and research for societal benefit through partnerships with public and private organizations.
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) has prioritized resilience to extreme events through PREEVENTS (Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events), a new agency-wide focus on risk and resilience.
  • The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which coordinates and integrates research over 13 executive branch departments and agencies, would receive $2.7 billion.