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Posted 9 November 2005

Coastal GTOS strategic design and phase 1 implementation plan
GTOS-36

pub34.gif (417336 bytes)Due to the importance of a wide variety of coastal ecosystems in terms of their ecology and high value to humans, GTOS has initiated the Coastal Module (C-GTOS) with the primary goal to detect, assess and predict global and large-scale regional change associated with land-based, wetland and freshwater ecosystems along coasts.

The following document is the strategic design for a mature coastal observing system and was developed by the C-GTOS panel of scientific experts. The plan is complementary to the coastal activities of GOOS, GCOS and IGOS,
and identifies ways to implement the strategy during the initial phase of the initiative.

The first phase implementation products are designed to provide tests of concept and develop critical capabilities for the observing system. These products include the following::
1. enhancement of TEMS;
2. distribution and the rate of change of population, urbanization and land use in the coastal environment;
3. vulnerability of ecosystem services in deltaic systems;
4. management of conservation and cultural sites in the coastal zone;
5. distribution of sites appropriate for analyses of delivery systems.

Please contact the GTOS Secretariat for hard copies, additional information, or interest in collaborating in developing the implementation products and C-GTOS module.

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