organizations are the primary governing authorities of the terrestrial
observing system. A joint memorandum, outlining the vision and operation
of the system, binds them. Each contributes annually to the operating
costs of the Secretariat.
There is no fixed limit to the number of sponsors that GTOS can
accept. Candidate sponsors must accept the conditions detailed in
the joint memorandum, formally recognize the legal and administrative
responsibilities of the sponsorship and be approved by the veteran
sponsors before they may join the team.
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In order to enhance information exchange and harmonize programme
implementation, the sponsors meet annually with representatives
from each of the Global Observing Systems (GTOS, GCOS, and GOOS,
see partners). The terms of reference
for this meeting are:
review the observational requirements as defined by the user
communities and to advise and recommend on harmonization of
medium and long-range strategies of the three observing programmes.
2. To consider the actual and potential capacities of the three
Observing Systems to meet the requirements, identify gaps and
overlap, and make proposals as appropriate to improve coverage
3. To advise on existing and potential joint
activities between the three programmes, review the means established
to achieve cooperation through such joint activities, and make
recommendations to enhance coordination.
4. To identify areas
where existing research and operational observing programmes
of the sponsors contribute to meeting the objectives of the
three Observing Systems, and to assist in facilitating such
5. To assist on information exchange, public
and media relations and fund-raising.
6. To examine the mechanisms
established or proposed at the regional and national level to
participate in or support the three observing programmes, and
to encourage and support approaches that will increase national
benefits and contributions globally, with particular attention
to developing countries.
7. To review and make recommendations
concerning the mechanisms established or proposed to coordinate
the three observing programmes with relevant international bodies
8. To review and make recommendations on data
management through the programmes with the objective of the
widest possible data exchange and dissemination.
9. To advise
on activities to facilitate the use and application of the data
from the Observing Systems with particular attention to developing
committee | Sponsors | Donors
FAO :: Global Terrestrial Observing
System - GTOS :: 15 January 2007