has recently completed a comprehensive survey of TEMS users and
administrators to determine the accessibility and utility of TEMS.
This was also an important opportunity to allow users to indicate
what areas of the database they would like to see improved.
of the survey will be used as a guide in the production of the next
version of the database and to assess what additional features would
be of use.
that have already been carried out include the addition of methodology
sheets on biodiversity variables. The database now contains over
130 methodology sheets which define and characterize the variables,
provide information on the main measurement methods used (units,
frequency, accuracy, etc.) and indicate the major holders of the
The new biodiversity
methodology sheets are:
can be accessed at www.fao.org/gtos/tems
under the "variables" section.
free to contact the GTOS Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for further information or comments on the TEMS database.
FAO :: Global Terrestrial Observing
System - GTOS :: 11 September 2002