We are pleased to announce that Dr. Anthony C. Janetos has been
appointed Chair of the GTOS Panel for Global Observation of Forest
and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD).
The role of Chair marks the return of Dr. Janetos to GOFC-GOLD,
as he was substantially involved in the formations of GOFC-GOLD
in the late 1990s.
Dr. Janetos is Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute
which investigates the scientific, technological, economic and policy
implications of climate change. He served as a co-chair of the U.S.
National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability
and Change. He was an author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change's Special Report on Land-Use Change and Forestry, the Global
Biodiversity Assessment, a coordinating lead author in the recently
published Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and most recently a lead
author in Working Group II of the IPCC.
Dr. Janetos takes over from Dr. John Townshend, who led the panel
from 2000 to 2006. We would like to take this opportunity to thank
Dr. Townshend for his enthusiastic leadership and offer our continued
support for his role as a member of the GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Implementation
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