20 February 2002
The Frascati report on in situ carbon data and information
on the spatial and temporal distribution of carbon sources
and sinks in the terrestrial biosphere are needed by both
the scientific and the policy communities working on climate
change issues. To gather the necessary data the Terrestrial
Carbon Observation (TCO) initiative was launched in 1999 by
the Integrated Global Observing Strategy Partnership (IGOS-P).
It is a component of the Integrated Global Carbon Observations
(IGCO) theme which also includes the ocean and atmosphere.
behind TCO is to focus on assembling and generating terrestrial
carbon data using in situ (ground based) and satellite data
in combination with a number of climate models in order to
obtain a more accurate understanding of global stocks and
situ component is complex and much less organized at the global
level than the satellite component. To accelerate the preparations
for TCO implementation, GTOS with the International Geosphere
- Biosphere Programme (IGBP) held a workshop specifically
addressing in situ data issues.
summaries the workshop objectives and the discussions, conclusions
and recommendations made by the international carbon experts
who attended the meeting.
Additional copies are available on request from the GTOS secretariat:
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