15-16 January 2003
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
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.
Important reference materials can be found
at the following links:
* indicates key material
Global Observing Strategy (IGOS)
Provides background information on IGOS
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.
Ocean Theme Final Report
January 2001 version (scheduled for revision), please review.
Ocean Observations Panel (COOP) of the Global Ocean Observing
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
to recent COOP meeting in Cape Town
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.
Climate Observing System (GCOS)
Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ)
Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
Programme of Action (GPA) for the Protection of the Marine
Environment from Land-based Activities (United Nations
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