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5.1 General implementation issues

Throughout this document we have identified issues that can act as foci for the development of C-GTOS, variables or indicators addressing these phenomena, some initial sources for the information and potential products. We have described frameworks that integrate the phenomena into broader contexts and identified potential users who are expected to provide more information on what products may aid them best.

C-GTOS will be established in two phases. In phase 1 TEMS will be enhanced and used to develop several discrete products. The mature observing system will come in a second phase, requiring further consideration. We expect a limited second round of efforts, in association with the IGOS coastal theme and C-GOOS, to extend the strategic design for the mature C-GTOS into implementation. We expect the mature system to be well integrated into other coastal initiatives and GTOS components.

Implementation has a number of components. Each of the components of the observing system has proposed milestones and timelines. Beyond these are several programmatic considerations. First, an assessment of feasibility involves evaluation of all of the following: existing and needed capacity and training, information management (TEMS), informatics and modelling tools, and a GTOS Web site for education and outreach (TEMS). Second, C-GTOS must establish a number of components essential to effective implementation of a GTOS module, including a user advisory group, the ability to perform measurements, an information management structure, training and capacity building, product delivery, linkages outside C-GTOS and funding. Third, the activities of C-GTOS must be integrated into policy and management support (see Figure 1). Finally, a process of review and assessment of outcome measures and performance indicators must be established to maintain quality over the extended length of time of the programme.

This section describes milestones for several aspects of system development requiring implementation. These include milestones for user identification and involvement, frameworks, observations, variables and data acquisition and management priority products.

5.2 Milestones for user identification and involvement

5.3 Milestones for frameworks

The frameworks provide organization for instituting C-GTOS. There is no need to develop frameworks out of context of other activities. Thus, their development will be associated with milestones described in other sections (see Table 19). Of note, however, is the importance of DPSIR in the establishment of socio-economic variables and indicators and functional typology for the priority proposal on deltaic systems.

5.4 Milestones for observations, variables and data acquisition and management

5.5 Milestones for phase 1 implementation products

The implementation products described in Table 19 represent the first series of results that will directly meet user needs. Each proposed product has a timeline that includes demonstrable accomplishments within 1 year of initiation, as well as longer-term goals and products (Table 19).

These proposals can be initiated independently. Thus, milestones for each are dependent on the conditions and timing of its initiation. We do expect, however, that at least one or two of the proposals will begin within the first year of the programme.

Summary of C-GTOS priority products milestones

Timeline for product development

Enhancing TEMS

Human dimensions

Informatics and deltaic vulnerability

Management of conservation and cultural sites


1 year

Identification and registration of coastal sites and variables

Initiation of population and land use/land cover estimates

Data collection and synthesis

Identification of sites, map and encyclopaedia

Identification of existing sites and addition of new sites

2-5 years

Development of cross-institutional data management with organizations focusing on coasts

Provision of validated estimates for coastal zone

Development of habitat classification, modelling and mapping products

Enhancement of network and interactions

Selection and validation of permanent sites

5-10 years

Establishment of recurring monitoring and reporting of change, enhancement of data service

Establishment of recurring and formal reporting of change

Establishment of recurring and formal reporting of change

Enhancement of network, interactions and monitoring

Establishment of an active network

>10 years

Continued and extended use

Continued and extended use

Continued and extended use

Continued and extended use

Continued and extended use

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