Global Observing Strategy (IGOS) has been strengthened with
the formation of the IGOS Partnership. The original concepts
for an IGOS originated from several sources including the
Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and international
research programs such as the World Climate Research Programme
(WCRP), the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP)
and encouraged by the International Group of Funding Agencies
for Global Change Research (IGFA). The IGOS Partnership recognizes
the contributions of the space, science and operational user
agencies towards a coordinated observation program for land,
ocean and climate monitoring. Among the IGOS partners are:
on the IGOS Partnership may be founds at http://www.igospartners.org/.
and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC)
Council for Science (ICSU)
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Nations Environment Programme(UNEP)
Meteorological Organization (WMO).
'Themes' Concept - Terrestrial Carbon
Partnership has endorsed the concept of coordinated 'Themes'
to structure the activities contributing to IGOS. The Themes
approach is intended to provide a greater degree of integration
between IGOS activities, to better address observation issues
arising from international conventions, and to help set priorities.
From an initial list of 10-12 proposed themes, GOFC-GOLD is
expected to contribute significantly to the development of
one on Terrestrial Carbon in partnership with the Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) and GCOS/GTOS.
of operational fire detection and monitoring from satellite
is viewable on the Canadian Forest Service Fire M3 (Monitoring,
Mapping, and Modelling) Website. Fire M3 automatically detects,
monitors and maps large forest fires on a daily basis using
NOAA AVHRR satellite data. These data are processed and automated
image analysis processes are used to detect active fires and
format these data for use in spatially based fire behavior
models. Fire weather and behavior outputs from the Canadian
Wildland Fire Information System (CWFIS) are incorporated
to produce quantitative estimates of fire behavior for each
active fire. Daily maps and summary reports of fuel consumption,
fire intensity and fire type are produced. The full Fire M3
site may be visited at: http://www.atmos.umd.edu/~zli/fire_m3/fire_m3.html.
Look under 'Maps' to view actual products from the system.
Global Rain Forest Mapping Project - Africa Data Set
data set of the JERS-1 Global Rain Forest Mapping Project
is available through the GOFC-GOLD Project Office. The data
is made available for scientific and educational puposes only,
and maybe obtained on written request to GOFC-GOLD.