CPP Task Force on the Environment
More about the Task Force
The National Science Foundation is very much aware of the importance of a sound
environment to the United States and to the world. The Foundation is committed to
environmental research and education in all areas of science and engineering, and
is eager to expand its role in a manner consistent with overall national goals and
with its mission and strategic plan.
The NSF has, for many years, recognized the need for a robust and dependable scientific
and engineering research base, on which to make decisions about environmental policy
and regulation. Similarly, the needs for reliable assessment of this research, education
of the public about environmental issues, and dissemination of environmental information
are critically important now and will be in the future. NSF plays an important role in
all of these activities and has recently defined a new theme: Biocomplexity in the Environment.
The title reflects the evolution of NSF thinking about how activities in this area can
take advantage of opportunities provided by recent advances in science and engineering
and best contribute to the overall program of Federal activities related to the environment.
It incorporates and provides a broader context for the earlier suite of activities entitled
Life and Earth's Environment (LEE).
The Task Force has noted that the NSB resolution (NSB-98-65) provides a basis for a more
detailed examination of the role of NSF in environmental areas now and in the future,
including the need for additional resources to address environmental challenges.
The Task Force carried out four parallel activities to meet the objectives of hearing
from multiple invested communities and gathering information to inform its deliberations.
First, consideration of recommendations from a group of over 200 reports and policy documents
concerning scientific and engineering aspects of environmental research, education and
scientific assessment. Second, input and feedback from invested communities through a public
hearing, a National Science Board symposium, and a public town hall meeting. Third, this web
site, launched to communicate the activities of the Task Force and provide a vehicle for public
input and electronic registry of comments. And fourth, review of NSF's current portfolio of