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TCO In Situ meeting Frascati (Rome), June 5-8 2001



The GTOS Secretariat would like to thank all the scientists who attended the meeting and contributed to its successful outcome. We hope that the meeting will act as a catalyst to your work back in your own country and in the development of the TCO programme.

We leave you with a few more famous saying and hope to see you all again shortly.

Best regards,

GTOS Secretariat

I cannot give any scientist of any age better advice than this: the intensity of a conviction that a hypothesis is true has no bearing over whether it is true or not. Peter Medawar

In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not the man to whom the idea first occurs. Sir Francis Darwin

Where facts are few, experts are many. Donald R. Gannon

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Ellen Parr


P.S. Stephanie would like to remind delegates that were assisted by GTOS to send there TEC forms with airplane ticket stubs and taxi fare receipts. If you require any help to fill in your TEC please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie (Stephanie.Vertecchi@fao.org ).

P.S.S. Reuben would like remind delegates who gave a presentation at the meeting to send a copy of the presentation to the GTOS Secretariat.


Meeting Objectives

1. Assess the existing capacity and readiness of the key in situ observation and analysis components for a TCO system.

2. Analyse the completeness of the geographic (continents, regions) and thematic (input data to information outputs) coverage of the existing components.

3. Identify gaps between requirements and the existing situation and discuss possible approaches to filling these.

4. Assess the feasibility of, and steps involved in, preparing in situ data sets needed to complement satellite observations.

5. Prepare a report of the meeting which would identify the elements for a provisional in situ TCO implementation plan.


Meeting Programme


The current Agenda for the meeting.

Tuesday, 5 June 2001 (James Gosz)

09.00 Welcome, introduction and logistics (Wulf Killmann)

09.30 Review of TCO and observation requirements and meeting objectives (Josef Cihlar)

10.00 Use of diverse data sets for regional C source/sink case studies (Siberia - Martin Heimann; Europe - Günther Seufert; Australia - Roger Francey)

11.15 Break

11.30 Point data review (Riccardo Valentini; Dick Olson)

12.05 Gridded data for model inputs (Stephen Plummer; Dick Olson)

12.40 Discussion

13.00 Lunch

14.15 Gridded (sub-national) data review (Günther Seufert)

14.50 Continental to global data review (Martin Heimann, Roger Francey)

15.25 Break

15.25-17.00 Breakout 1: 2 parallel groups
A: Point data for model development/testing and product validation: Existing and Future
B: Gridded data for product validation at (sub-) national level: Existing and Future


Wednesday, 6 June 2001 (Josef Cihlar)

08.30 In situ data for long-term programmes - considerations (Dick Olson)

08.50-10.50 Breakout 1 cont'd (including writing/documentation)

10.50-11.05 Break

11.05-1145 Plenary presentations and discussion

11.45 Breakout 2:
C: GRIDDED data for product generation: Existing and Future
D: GRIDDED data for product validation at regional to global level: Existing and Future

13.00-14.15 Lunch

14.00-17.00 Breakout 2 cont'd (including writing/documentation)

20.00 TCO Dinner


Thursday, 7 June 2001 (Dick Olson)

08.30-09.30 Plenary presentations and discussion

09.30-13.00 Breakout 3 (including writing/documentation)
E: Cross-cutting issues (methods, procedures, formats...)
F: New initiatives (to flesh out ideas from Breakouts 1&2)

13.00-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.10 Plenary presentation and dicussion

15.10-17.00 New initiatives cont'd (different breakouts)


Friday, 8 June 2001 (Robert Scholes)

08.30-10.00 New initiatives cont'd (focus on writing)

10.00-10.30 Plenary presentations and discussion

10.30-10.45 Break

10.45-13.00 Summary, major issues, next steps

13.00 Conclusion


List of Participants


Georgii ALEXANDROV
Olivier ARINO
Alan BELWARD
Michele BERNARDI
Gustavo BEST
Lex BOUWMAN
Len BROWN
Jing M. CHEN
Wenjun CHEN
Philippe CIAIS
Josef CIHLAR
Warren COHEN
Craig DOBSON
Roger FRANCEY
James GOSZ
Tom GOWER
HE Changchui
Martin HEIMANN
Tamotsu IGARASHI
Herve JEANJEAN
Niels Otto JENSEN
Pavel KABAT
Wulf KILLMANN
John LATHAM
Dietrich E. LEIHNER
LIU Chuang
Jeffrey MORISETTE
Freddy NACHTERGAELE
Sten NILSSON
Dennis OJIMA
Dick OLSON
Terry PARR
Stephen PLUMMER
Hugues RAVENEL
Paul REICHERT
Mohamed SAKET
Robert SCHOLES
Reuben SESSA
Gunther SEUFERT
John TOWNSHEND
Jeff TSCHIRLEY
John VANDE CASTLE
Mike WULDER

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