11th TOPC Panel Meeting
11th Session of the TOPC Panel meeting
Last updated 27 October 2008
29-30 October 2008
The meeting will begin at 9:30 am at FAO Headquarters in the NR
The FAO building is next to the Circo Massimo subway ("Metro")
line B ("linea B") stop.
||Information note on logistics
427kb, v1, 18 Sept.
66kb, v2, 27 Oct.
||TOPC Panel Members
34kb, v1, 27 Oct.
||TOPC Meeting Participants, Affiliation and Theme of Expertise
52kb, v1, 27 Oct.
and Assimilation Panel (WOAP-3) Conclusions and Recommendations
118kb, v2, 10 Oct.
||WOAP Report from WOAP-3
meeting (Boulder, CO, 29 Sept -- 1 Oct. 2008)
334kb, v2, 10 Oct.
Report to GCOS SC-XV (Geneva, October 2008)
35kb, v2, 10 Oct.
of the 10th session of the TOPC Panel
393kb, v8, 25 Sept.
||GCOS Progress Report
4.4MB, v0.4.1, 21 Oct.
||GTOS Biennial Report
4.2MB, v1, 25 Sept.
Climate Variables for Climate Change Assessment, Mitigation and Adaptation
3.0MB, v1, 25 Sept.
|GTOS terrestrial ECV activities
|GTOS terrestrial framework activities
|GCOS Implementation Plan
The two main airports are Fiumicino airport (sometimes called
Leonardo da Vinci airport, 36 km west of Rome) and Ciampino
airport (16km southeast of Rome, but used primarily for
charter flights). Detailed information can be obtained at
the Aeoroporti di Roma (ADR) website
A taxi from Fiumicino airport to a hotel near FAO HQ should
cost approximately Euro 40 (US$50).
A few notes of caution:
1) Only use taxis at the official taxi stand outside the arrivals
hall (ignore other offers in arrivals hall). It is not advisable to
accept rides from unauthorized taxis either at the airport or at
the railway station - go to the taxi stand.
2) Please be aware that even in the taxi stand there may be
unofficial taxis. Official taxis must have a clock/counter on
3) Ask for an estimate of the fare before departure. The average
cost of a taxi ride from Fiumicino to FAO HQ is about Euro 40 but
will vary on the day, time, and heavy luggage.
4) Remember to have Euros with you to pay the taxi driver on arrival.
5) Bring with you details of your hotel or of FAO HQ: Ask to be taken
("mi pu˛ portare a") e.g. FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla. If you
need a receipt for the taxi ride, please ask the taxi-driver ("posso
avere una ricevuta").
6) Please ask the Hotel or FAO staff for assistance if you have any
problems with the taxi drivers on arrival.
1) You can take a train from the airport (direction Fara Sabina -
every 20 minutes, less frequent on Sundays) to Ostiense Station and
then take a short taxi ride to your hotel.
2) You can take a train from the airport directly to Stazione
Termini (the main station), and then take a taxi to your hotel.
Note these trains are less frequent. At Termini Station you can
also take the subway (linea B) to Circo Massimo (direzione/direction
Laurentina). You will find the FAO gate entrance directly in front
of you as you go up the steps from the subway station. The tickets
for the Subway can be bought at a "Tabaccheria" at the Airport and
Termini Station and from the automatic machines at the subway station
(which is signposted and directly under Termini Station). The cost
of the subway ticket is 1Euro.
Usual precautions: Keep luggage close to you at all times on the
train, in the subways, and at the air terminals. As in all big
cities, beware of pick-pockets.
Hotels located near FAO HQ. Please confirm rates and availability
Via delle Terme Deciane 3
Piazza Sant'Anselmo 2
Hotel Domus Aventino
Via di Santa Prisca 11/b
Hotel Santa Prisca
Largo dei Gelsomini, 25
tel: (39-06) 574-1917/575-0469/5750009
Via Capo d'Africa 47
Via Labicana 744
Via S.S. Quattro Coronati 35
Hotel Villa S. Pio
via S. Melania, 19
via S. Domenico, 10
In late October the weather in Rome is cool with an average minimum
temperature of 11.5 degrees Celsius (53 degrees Farenheit) and
maximum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius (71 degrees Farenheit).
Up to date information
Current exchange rates are approximately 1 Euro = 1.46 USD.
The most uptodate exchange rate can be obtained from the following
It is possible to exchange money at exchange offices which are located
at the airport, train stations and the city centre. Money can also
be withdrawn from cash machines with a credit card.
Zubair Qamar, GTOS Secretariat
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome Italy
FAO :: Global Terrestrial Observing
System - GTOS :: 25 September