Terrestrial Carbon Observation (TCO) panel
The TCO initiative was started in 1999 by
the Integrated Global Observing Strategy Partnership (IGOS-P)
in response to the policy and scientific communities need
for carbon cycle data. Spatial and temporal distribution
of carbon sources and sinks in the terrestrial biosphere
is needed for countries to make informed decisions about
limiting the introduction of CO2 into the atmosphere. A
number of observations are needed to understand terrestrial
carbon stocks and fluxes, including: land cover and land
use history; net primary productivity; fire and biomass;
atmospheric fluxes; and soil carbon.
Prague 2002 workshop is the first step in the implementation
of the Terrestrial Carbon Observation (TCO) initiative.
The workshop meets the need of TCO to identify and access
various types of terrestrial data sets and establish strong
collaborative scientific links at the regional level.
and Eastern Europe (CEE) regional programme
GTOS Regional programmes build collaboration
among research sites, and international and national organizations.
This allows regional and global data gaps to be identified
and filled but also increases the free exchange of data
needed for developing and implementing national, regional
and global programmes.
Management (Dynamic Atlas)
The survey carried out by GTOS on environmental
information systems in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
has revealed that despite the vast range of environmental
data routinely collected in the region and the considerable
amount of resources dedicated to this purpose, users of
environmental information have difficulty accessing the
data, especially in a regional context. The survey concluded
there is a clear need, at both the national and regional
level, for environmental information management and systems
that facilitate access and exchange of data.
activities are intended to facilitate the management and
exchange of environmental information horizontally (between
disciplines and nations) and vertically (from the national
scale to the regional and global scale) in CEE. During the
workshop the importance of information publishing and access
was highlighted and training in the use of the FAO Dynamic
Atlas software was provided.