A few pointers.
A carbon module in TEMS should be created containing metadata
and links to data, institutes, research stations, and manuals
which are relevant to scientists and policy makers working
the fields of carbon studies.
The methodology (variable) sheets in the TEMS are incomplete
for carbon studies. Experts in the field should be asked
to identify the key new sheets that need to be created and
assist in developing these sheets.
TEMS usually only contains research sites which are currently
still active in gathering data. Certain inactive sites should
still be included in the carbon module as they have archives
of historical data sets which are relevant to carbon studies.
Scientists should be encouraged to provide details of any
site of institute involved in carbon measurements.
To encourage standardization of methods a manual should
be developed containing greed-upon procedures on gathering,
managing and processing carbon data. A workshop on standardization
of methods should be held with Russian and western and eastern
European scientists to establish the standard methodologies
to be used.
Provide free and easy access of map layers of the CEE region
through the FAO Geonetwork system.
A large number of important historical archives which are
relevant to carbon monitoring are not available to general
users as they are in a paper format. Projects should be
initiated to convert these valuable archives into digital
formats. Some countries (e.g. Ukraine) also have large historical
archives of aerial photo which can be used with recent satellite
and ground based measurements.
When gathering data TCO should concentrate on obtaining
data needed for models. For example, soil data maps are
very important but what is obtained is nearly always of
FAO should determine the precise correlation between forestry
terms and ecological terms. There seems to be incompatibility
between the two types.
The coordination system used for electronic maps in the
CEE area is often incompatible with western European standards.
It is important to review how different countries process
their data and see the compatibility between these methods.
There is a need to determine the preferred scale that data
should be gathered and processed.