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Coastal GTOS (C-GTOS) 2nd panel meeting, Ispra, Italy
Last updated 4 April 2003

3-6 March 2003

Main objectives of meeting

The main objectives of the meeting are:

1. To reassess and confirm the lists of key issues and states of global change affecting the terrestrial coastal interface and their associated variables. These were identified at the first workshop and evaluated during the inter-session.

2. To identify organizations and agencies that make regular observations of the variables and to register the organizations in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring Sites database (TEMS).

3. To continue to incorporate the Driver, Pressure, State, Impact and Response (DPSIR) framework into the observing system strategy.

4. To continue to prepare an implementation plan for the Coastal Module of GTOS.

5. To evaluate and contribute to the proposal for an Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS) theme for the coast.


Topics of discussion will also include:

1. Data and information management;
2. Education, capacity building, training, communications;
3. Strengthen links with other groups and partnerships;
4. Better define collaborating groups;
5. Need to make more progress on product definition;
6. Define linkages, users and products and priorities;
7. Who are the players to develop products?
8. Integration of ocean and terrestrial;
9. Shoreline characterization and habitat products could help establish early C-Gtos credibility.

Preliminary agenda

Select (doc file, 43k)

Presentations and documents (new documents will be added)

Overview to GTOS (pps, 1,141 kb) Tschirley
Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring Sites (TEMS) 614 kb, Servin
The Terrestrial Observations Panel for Climate (TOPC) 838 kb, Belward
Land use and population change in the coastal ecosystem 3,131 kb, Clark
NOAA strategic plan 96 kb, Clark

Sediment delivery report 221 kb, Christian and Paul DiGiacomo
Italian lagoon observational network LAGUNET 1,065 kb
GPA information needs 31kb

Preliminary preparation for the meeting

Topics of discussion will also include:

1. Please confirm your interest in participating in the meeting within the 17 January 2003 (contact details below).

2. Check the list of indicators for your states to determine if you still agree with it. Your group leader should take responsibility for exchanges concerning agreement on a final list of indicators. As a group, make any additions or deletions that are appropriate.

3. As a group activity, please compose a short report concerning the state and its indicators. The format for the report should be as follows:

A. A brief (one to two paragraph) summary of why the state is important to Coastal GTOS.
B. One paragraph on the boundary conditions of the coast and assumptions considered.
C. The table of indicators plus text on how indicators were chosen, the ease with which they might be measured, scales of measurement (in time and space), and relative importance to assessing the state.
D. A summary of organizations, networks, etc. that might be responsible for the measurements.
E. General conclusions and recommendations.

The text should be made available for the group by the Ispra meeting on March 3, 2003.

Summary of Greenville meeting

The following are the "states" considered at the last meeting, identified with participants who contributed to the list of indicators associated with the state. The states are in the context of the DPSIR framework. Outline summary of the meeting and the group presentations are available on the Greenville meeting webpage.

The person indicated in bold is asked to take responsibility for organizing the inter-session activities associated with the appropriate topic.

1. Land use and population change (Bowen, Jimenez, Clark, Burbridge)
2. Water cycle and Matrix quality (DeMora, Viaroli)
3. Coastal habitat (McManus, Kineman)
4. Sediment delivery (DiGiacomo, Christian)
5. Sea level change (ECU Class)

The indicators identified during the Greenville meeting were placed in a spreadsheet this was supplemented with additional appropriate indicators gathered from the internet. Indicators were the divided into a primary group that directly address the state and a secondary group that relates to factors that affect the state or are affected by the state.

Useful links

Introduction to C-GTOS
IGOS Coastal Theme Development Workshop (Washington, Jan. 2003)
Linking the Coastal Modules of GOOS and GTOS
Details of the first C-GTOS meeting (Greenville, Oct. 2002)
Coastal Global Terrestrial Observing Network (GT-NET)
Workshop on "The Role of Indicators in Integrated Coastal Management"
Table Tool for the Ranking of Common Variables
Pressure-State-Response Framework and Environmental Indicators
Global Change of Infoterra to UNEP-Infoterra
European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET)
Measuring, monitoring and managing sustainability in Indian coastal areas
Sustainable development indicators generated by the UK government
CSC working list of "indicators of sustainable development
Socio-economic indicators and integrated coastal management
Sediment delivery report
The state of the Nation's Ecosystems
World Resources 2000-2001-- People and ecosystems

Contact Points

Prof Robert Christian
Biology Department
East Carolina University
Biology Department
Greenville, NC 27858
United States of America
e-mail: christianr@mail.ecu.edu

GTOS Secretariat
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
I-00100 Rome Italy
e-mail: GTOS@fao.org

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