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New version of TEMS
 

15 January 2002

 
The Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring Sites (TEMS) database has recently been upgraded to include new features such as: faster database search and access to information, four interactive eco-regional maps, local climate data from the FAO global database, an initial coastal module, and numerous other details that many users do not notice but help TEMS run more efficiently.

TEMS currently contains information on 500 sites, 40 networks and 700 contact points in 85 countries. TEMS is used principally for:

a. Modelling, environment assessment and research programmes;

b. Assessing gaps in the geographic coverage of observing systems;

c. Linking ground observations with satellite imagery to undertake integrated regional and global studies.

TEMS is an international directory of sites and networks that carry out long-term terrestrial monitoring and research activities. It provides information on the “who is doing what and where” for use by both researchers and policy-makers.

Among the features in TEMS, users can locate which sites are measuring individual variables (ca. 100 variables are provided). Each variable includes its own methodology sheet; in addition, there are information sheets on more than 65 global and regional databases covering socio-economic conditions and trends.


For more information please visit TEMS at http://www.fao.org/gtos/tems or contact us at mailto:gtos@fao.org

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