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Date Posted: August 31, 2001
Western Russia-Fennoscandia Regional Workshop Executive Summary

Dr. Olga Krankina (Oregon State University), has prepared an Executive Summary describing the GOFC-GOLD regional workshop for Western Russia-Fennoscandia which was held in St. Petersburg, Russia on June 25-27, 2001. The general theme of the workshop was the integration of satellite and in-situ observations for monitoring forest and land cover. Additional information about the workshop (including abstracts of presented papers) can be found at http://www.inenco.org/conferences1.html#9


Date Posted: August 14, 2001
Fire Book Published

Those interested in the GOFC-GOLD Fire theme will be interested in a new book "Global and Regional Vegetation Fire Monitoring from Space: Planning a Coordinated International Effort". It contains 13 chapters reviewing the state of the art in technology and operational applications, and describing and defining the next steps toward an integrated global fire monitoring system based on data from a suite of operational satellites. Edited by Frank Ahern, Johann Goldammer, and Christopher Justice, the book is based on the GOFC-GOLD Workshop on Forest Fire Monitoring and Mapping, held November 3-5, 1999 at JRC in Ispra.

The book is priced at $70US or 70 Euros.

To purchase this book in the USA and Canada, contact:
SPB Academic Publishing bv
c/o Library Research Associates Inc.
474 Dunderberg Road, Monroe, NY 10950
Fax: 845-782-3953
E-mail: lrainc@frontiernet.net

For the rest of the world, contact:
SPB Academic Publishing bv
PO Box 97747
2509 GC, The Hague, The Netherlands
Fax: 31-70.33.00.254
E-mail: Kugler.spb@wxs.nl


Date Posted: July 31, 2001
START Fellowship program

START is again accepting applications for its Fellowship/Visiting Scientist Award Program. These awards catalyze the involvement of talented scientists in ongoing and new initiatives in global change science with the aim of establishing long-term collaborative research relationships. Previous awardees have already made significant contributions to global change science in developing regions.

Applicants are drawn from START regions. All information necessary to complete the application package is contained in the attached announcement and is also available through the START website.

The deadline for Round 10 is October 31, 2001.

Any questions should be addressed to:

Amy Freise
Program Coordinator
International START Secretariat
2000 Florida Avenue NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20009 USA
Phone: 202-462-2213
Fax: 202-457-5859
E-mail: afreise@agu.org


Date Posted: June 14, 2001
Remote Sensing of Forest Cover in Northwestern Russia and Fennoscandia Workshop

There will be a GOFC-GOLD regional workshop entitled "Remote Sensing of Forest Cover in Northwestern Russia and Fennoscandia" held in St. Petersburg, Russia from June 25-27, 2001. Visit the Calendar section for more information on this meeting.


Date Posted: June 13, 2001
OSFAC Regional Network Web site

The Central African GOFC-GOLD Regional Network (OSFAC - L'Observatoire Satellital de la ForÍt d'Afrique Centrale) involves institutions and organizations with an interest in forest research in the region. OSFAC now has its own Web site at http://osfac.freeservers.com/. While still in the initial stages, users can view information on OSFAC activities, publications, and network members.


Date Posted: April 5, 2001
SE Asia Project Funded

A proposal submitted to the Asia Pacific Network (APN) to fund some initial activities of the SE Asia GOFC-GOLD network (SEAGOFC-GOLD) has been approved. The project will focus on the current status of forest cover and land use, using a nested system of analyses that includes detailed case studies and national and regional analyses. It will identify critical areas within the forest ecosystem and model future scenarios using our understanding of the driving forces behind land use and forest cover change. It will also provide policy relevant information to local communities, national resource management agencies, and regional and international institutions.


Date Posted: March 21, 2001
Tokyo meeting documents

Both the GOFC-GOLD SE Asia Regional Forest Fire Monitoring and Mapping Workshop, and Internet Workshop 2001 (IWS 2001) presentations can now be found on the web. Links to these and other GOFC-GOLD related meeting reports and materials available on-line can be found in the Document section of the web site.


Date Posted: March 21, 2001
GOFC-GOLD Fire Workshop and the Fire Instrument Team Meeting

There will be a GOFC-GOLD Forest Fire Monitoring and Mapping workshop in Lisbon, Portugal from July 9-11, 2001. Visit the Calendar section for more information on this meeting.


Date Posted: March 6, 2001
Southeast Asia Regional Network Web site

The Southeast Asia GOFC-GOLD Network (SEAGOFC) includes organizations and institutions with an interest in forest monitoring in the region. SEAGOFC is now in the process of setting up their own Web site at http://www.seagofc.org/. Although still in its initial stages, additional information (including links to network members) will be added to the site in the near future.


Date Posted: March 1, 2001
IT Members Identified

GOFC-GOLD has begun the process of populating its Implementation Teams (ITs). The initial membership of the Forest Fire Monitoring and Mapping IT has been selected, and the group held its first telecon last week in conjunction with the SE Asian Regional Fire workshop in Japan. The Forest Cover Characteristics and Changes team will be announcing its first members in the near future. Both groups expect to add new members over time, as new priorities and activities are identified. The Organization section contains a current listing of the IT members


Date Posted: February 23, 2001
GOFC-GOLD STB 2001 Meeting

The Second Annual Meeting of the GOFC-GOLD Scientific and Technical Board (STB) will be held on June 12-13, 2001 in Frascati, Italy. Check the Calendar section for more information on this event.


Date Posted: February 20, 2001
WGISS/GOFC-GOLD Test Facility On-line

For some time now, the CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS) has been working with GOFC-GOLD scientists to develop the WGISS/GOFC Test Facility (WTF). We now have a page which provides a "user's view" of the WTF. Currently, this page is composed of two sections:

  • Demonstration Scenarios - showing how data and services provided by CEOS agencies can be used to solve real problems
  • Data Portal - providing a view of the International Directory Network (IDN), customized to browse and search for GOFC-GOLD related material

The WTF page can be found in the Data section of the GOFC-GOLD Web site, and replaces the former DataSite. We expect this page to evolve as new GOFC projects are undertaken and new products are produced.


Date Posted: February 20, 2001
GOFC STB 2000 Report

The GOFC-GOLD Scientific and Technical Board Report (Draft) from the meeting held in Ottawa, June 2000, can now be found under the Documents section of the web site.


Date Posted: January 30, 2001
EO Satellites workshop presentation

Plans are solidifying for back-to-back meetings of the LPVS with WGCV and GOFC-GOLD in Frascati, Italy. This meeting is expected to be held during the first week of June (to be confirmed) and will focus largely on the LAI intercomparison that was started in 2000. Planning is also underway for a joint meeting of the GOFC-GOLD-Fire community with the LPVS in Lisbon, Portugal probably in July. For more information about the LPVS, please contact Jeff Privette (jeff.privette@gsfc.nasa.gov).


Date Posted: January 30, 2001
Miombo GOFC-GOLD Steering Group Meeting


A small group of country representatives from the Miombo Region will meet in Maputo February 4th to finalize a work plan for Miombo GOFC-GOLD activities in Southern Africa. This will include GOFC-GOLD's role in the Southern Africa Millenium Assessment. The group will also discuss the special issue of Forest Ecology and Management that is being prepared based on last year's Regional GOFC-GOLD Workshop and will make plans for the next workshop to be held later this year. A Miombo GOFC-GOLD web page is expected to be up and running by the end of February. For more information, please contact Paul Desanker (e-mail: desanker@virginia.edu).


Date Posted: January 23, 2001
EO Satellites workshop presentation


The EO Satellites Workshop/WGISS subgroup meeting presentations can now be found on the web at http://nasda.ceos.org/nasda_materials.html. Links to other GOFC-GOLD related meeting reports and materials available on-line can be found in the Document section of the web site.


Date Posted: January 12, 2001
Fire workshop in Japan

There will be a GOFC-GOLD SE Asian Regional Forest Fire Monitoring and Mapping workshop in Tokyo, Japan from February 20-21, 2001. The Calendar section contains more information on this and other meetings occurring in Tokyo during the same week.

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