Chairmen of the GTOS and GCOS steering committee's are pleased to
announce that Dr. Alan Belward has agreed to chair the joint Terrestrial
Observation Panel on Climate (TOPC). Dr. Belward works for the European
Commission's Joint Research Centre in Italy where he is Head of
the Global Vegetation Monitoring Unit in the Institute for Environment
and Sustainability. The unit provides quantitative characterization
of ecosystem dynamics for sustainable management of land resources
and supports the multilateral environmental agreements signed by
the European Community.
His research interests focus on global land cover monitoring using
data from Earth observing satellites. He received the B.Sc degree
in Plant Biology from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne,in 1981,
and M.Phil and PhD degrees in remote sensing studies of vegetation,
both from Cranfield University's School of Agriculture, Food and
Environment in 1986 and 1993 respectively. He chaired the IGBP Land
Cover working group during its creation, the IGBP's global land
cover data set in the 1990s and was chair of the G7 Committee for
Earth Observing Satellites working group on Calibration and Validation
from 1996 to 2000. He has been vice- chair of the GOFC-GOLD science
panel since its creation in 2000.
welcome Dr. Belward and express again our great appreciation for
the work of Dr. Josef Cihlar who led the the panel since 1995.
the immediate priorities for the TOPC will be the preparation of
inputs on the adequacy of in situ and satellite terrestrial observing
systems to meet the requirements of the climate change convention
and to make recommendations for improvement. The second adequacy
report will be considered at the UNFCCC SBSTTA and COP. Information
on this process can be found at: http://www.wmo.ch/web/gcos/gcoshome.html.
information on the TOPC can be obtained at: http://www.fao.org/gtos/TOPC.html.
FAO :: Global Terrestrial Observing
System - GTOS :: 16 May 2002