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IGOS Coastal Theme Development, Washington DC
Last updated 8 January 2003

Date of meeting

15-16 January 2003

Background and Objectives

An expert panel, comprised of members of the international coastal observing community, will convene for a two-day meeting to discuss development of a Coastal Theme for the Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS). IGOS is a strategic planning process that provides a framework for decisions and resource allocation. International interest in coastal regions, along with resources dedicated to their observation, is rapidly expanding given an increased awareness of their socio-economic and scientific importance, particularly within the context of global change. Establishment of an IGOS Coastal Theme would help coordinate and strengthen existing and planned observational (in situ and space-based) capabilities and the attendant decision-making process by promoting development of an integrated, sustainable global coastal observing strategy. There will be a meeting in June 2003 in Paris of the IGOS Partners at which a Coastal Theme could be formally proposed. The intent of this workshop is to build a consensus among the coastal community toward this goal and commence preparation of the Coastal Theme proposal document.

Workshop Deliverables

1. Consensus to submit Coastal Theme Proposal at IGOS Partners meeting in June 2003.
2. Outline and preliminary draft of IGOS Coastal Theme proposal document; identify follow-on writing assignments and milestones.
3. Identification of additional members of Coastal Theme Team.
4. Summary of workshop and other supporting materials made available on related websites.

Additional Information

Important reference materials can be found at the following links:
* indicates key material

* Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS)
Provides background information on IGOS

* IGOS P-9 meetings
Lists documents from the last IGOS Partners Meeting (IGOS-P-9).
Please review the following brief documents: #12 (Coastal Theme Proposal Update), #8 (Ocean Theme Report), #1 (Coral Reefs Sub-Theme Report), and #3 (Number & Composition of Themes). Document #5 (IGOS Process Paper) provides important information about proposing and developing IGOS themes and provides the basis for key workshop deliverables; we have provided a more recent version of this document as part of the mailing that sent this agenda.

* IGOS Ocean Theme Final Report
January 2001 version (scheduled for revision), please review.

* Coastal Ocean Observations Panel (COOP) of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)
Please briefly review the "Final draft of The Integrated, Strategic Design Plan for the Coastal Ocean Observations Module of the Global Ocean Observing System" (bottom link, MS Word document).

* Agenda to recent COOP meeting in Cape Town

* Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS)
A dedicated coastal site with background materials and presentations from the recent coastal GTOS meeting in Greenville, North Carolina, is expected to be online soon. We will forward this link as soon as it becomes available.

Global Climate Observing System (GCOS)

Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ)
Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)

Global Programme of Action (GPA) for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (United Nations Environment Programme/UNEP)

Location of Workshop

Hotel Lombardy
2019 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Phone: 1-202-828-2600
Fax: 1-202-872-0503

Note: The hotel is located just two blocks from the Farragut West Metro Station (also close to Foggy Bottom Metro Station), and is near George Washington University, The World Bank, and various restaurants and shopping areas.

Contact Points

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


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