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We are grateful to the following people for their participation in expert meetings and other contributions leading to the formulation of this document: Martin Adriaanse, Peter Burbridge, Dag Daler, Chris Elvidge, Heidi Fritschel, Dale Kiefer, Michael Orbach, Ashinbindu Singh, Jeff Tschirley, L. Brennan Van Dyke. In addition, we thank Thorkild Aarup, Random DuBois, Serena Fortuna, Edmund Green, Martin Herold, Mette Loyche Wilkie, Tom Malone, Timo Maukonen, John Townshend, Stephanie Vertecchi, and Barry Wyatt for their constructive comments in review of the plan.

We wish to express our gratitude to the NOAA Global Climate Observing System Program Office and FAO for their financial support and guidance throughout all stages of the development of the document, and we thank East Carolina University, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the La Selva Biological Station for hosting the Coastal Module workshops.

John Latham
GTOS Programme Director

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