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The internet site of the American network of fluxtower sites.

Atlas of the Biosphere
The Atlas of the Biosphere is a project of the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Environmental Studies' Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). Their goal is to provide more information about the environment, and human interactions with the environment, than any other source.

Flux network, constructed by an initiation of Japanese researchers in the cooperation with Asian researchers.

Validating MODIS Terrestrial Ecology Products with Satellite and In-situ measurements. The BigFoot project grew from a workshop held in 1996 which was attended by ecologists and scientists of related disciplines, primarily from the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network. The purpose was to explore validation protocols and scaling issues that would lead to an improved understanding of several MODLand products.

Biospheric Aspects of the Hydrological Cycle
BAHC is an interdisciplinary project combining and integrating expertise from many disciplines, in particular ecophysiology, pedology, hydrology, and meteorology. BAHC in this respect has a transfer function across disciplines as well as across spatial scales.

A cluster of projects to understand and quantify the carbon balance of Europe.

Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
The site disseminates factual reports and sound commentary on the climatic and biological consequences of the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content.

Climate Action Network (CAN)
The CAN is an international consortium of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that stimulates joint work and advocacy by organizations that favor policies to reduce and mitigate climate change and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Change and Biosphere research programme (CCB)
The CCB-Wageningen is the formalisation of a long-time collaboration between Wageningen University (WAU) and Wageningen Research Centre in the field of biospheric aspects of climate change. Both organisations have been active on this issue for more than 10 years, and together the five partner institutes invest over 65 man-years on a broad range of topics in both natural and socio-economic sciences.

Earth Negotiations Bulletin
This website provides day to day reporting by the Earth Negotiations Bulletin on negotiating sessions, plus summary editions at the conclusion of major meetings. It also provides links to other documents and sites of interest.

A global network of micrometeorological tower sites that use eddy covariance methods to measure the exchanges of carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapor, and energy between terrestrial ecosystem and atmosphere. At present, over 150 tower sites are operating on a long-term and continuous basis. Researchers also collect data on site vegetation, soil, hydrologic, and meteorological characteristics at the tower sites.

Global Carbon Project (GCP)
The scientific goals of the Global Carbon Project is to develop a complete picture of the global carbon cycle, including both its biophysical and human dimensions together with the interactions and feedbacks between them.

Global Change
Global Change provides information on climate change and ozone depletion.

Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE)
GCTE is a Core Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). Its scientific objectives is to predict the effects of changes in climate, atmospheric composition, and land use on terrestrial ecosystems.

Global Climate Change Briefing Book
The Briefing Book was compiled by the Congressional Research Service, a branch of the Library of Congress providing nonpartisan research reports to members of the House and Senate.

Global Environment Facility
This is the website of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), administered by the World Bank, the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), and the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP). A major focus of its funding in developing countries is on global climate change.

Global Forest Watch (GFW)
Global Forest Watch is an international data and mapping network that combines on-the-ground knowledge with digital technology to provide accurate information about the world's forests.

Global Land Cover Characterization
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have generated a 1-km resolution global land cover characteristics data base for use in a wide range of environmental research and modeling applications. The global land cover characteristics database was developed on a continent-by-continent basis.

Global Observation of Forest Cover (GOFC)
GOFC's overall objective is to improve the quality and availability of observations of forests at regional and global scales and to produce useful, timely and validated information products from these data for a wide variety of users.

Global Vegetation Monitoring (GMV)
The GVM Unit's mission is to provide accurate information on changes in the world's vegetation cover as needed for EU policy in the areas of environment, development and external affairs.

GLOBALVIEW-CO2 is a cooperative effort among the many organizations and institutions making high-quality atmospheric CO2 measurements. The GLOBALVIEW-CO2 facilitates carbon cycle modeling studies by processing the measurements (smoothed, interpolated, and extrapolated), resulting in extended records that are evenly incremented in time.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Established by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme, the IPCC's function is to assess for policymakers the available scientific, technical, and socio-economic information on global climate change. The IPCC serves as the scientific and technical advisory body of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. This site contains their reports and technical papers.

International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
IGBPis a scientific research programme built around a family of core project. Each core project carries out intergrative research in a focused area of Earth System Science.

Landcare Research
Landcare Research is an independent Crown Research Institute that focuses on management of land resources for conservation and for primary production. It has over 350 staff in locations throughout New Zealand. Teams research all aspects of land environments - from developing "sustainable" land use systems, and managing weeds and pests, through to strategies for maintaining underlying environmental quality and conserving species diversity.

Land Product Validation (LVD)
LPV's main objectives are: 1. to increase the quality and economy of global satellite product validation via developing and promoting international standards and protocols; 2. to evaluate, and to advocate mission-long validation programmes for current and future earth observing satellites. The initial products being addressed are land cover, leaf area index, and fire/burn scar. A set of "core sites" are being selected for each data product.

Mercury (a.k.a. Beija-flor) is a Web-based system to search for metadata and retrieve associated data. Mercury also implements a progressive cost-sharing model called the Mercury Consortium. The users of a consortium (project) share the general costs and share the benefits of development funded by all participants.

Metolius carries out flux projects some of which are linked with TERRA-PNW.

National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS)
NPOESS merges Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Commerce (DOC) meteorological satellite systems into a single national asset.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
OECD is composed of developed country members. It analyzes and recommends policies across a wide range of economic and social issues. It maintains a section of its website on climate change issues.

Pew Centre on Global Climate Change
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change brings together a cooperative initiative of large corporations including Boeing, 3M, Maytag, BP America, Toyota, and Whirlpool, "to educate the public on the risks, challenges, and solutions to climate change."

Resources for the Future (RFF)
RFF is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research -- rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences -- on environmental and natural resource issues. Library: Environment Papers and reports on specific climate change issues.

Terra PNW
TERRA-PNW integrates ecophysiological studies, modelling, remote sensing, and geographic information systems using novel approaches for addressing ecological issues in the Pacific Northwest region.

The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre
Includes the World Data Center for Atmospheric Trace Gases, is the primary global-change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The World Data Centre for Greenhouse Gases (WDCGG)
WDCGG is established under the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) programme to collect, archive and provide data for greenhouse (CO2, CH4, CFCs, N2O, etc.) and related (CO, NOX, SO2, VOC, etc.) gases in the atmosphere and ocean, measured under GAW and other programmes.

The World Fire Web (WFW)
WFW is a system for globally mapping fires in vegetation. It is being developed in response to a call from scientists and policy makers for globally consistent information on the distribution and behaviour of fire in the environment.

United Nations Environment Programme (The Climate Change Information Kit with 30 fact sheets)
The UNEP is the environmental agency of the United Nations, dealing with a wide range of international environmental issues.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
This is the official web site of the Climate Change Secretariat. It provides access to the Kyoto Protocol, background information on global climate change, official documents, country information, greenhouse gas emissions inventories, national communications, and upcoming meetings and workshops.

Vegetation-Ecosystem Modelling and Analysis Project (VEMAP)
VEMAP is a large, collaborative, multi-agency program to simulate and understand ecosystem dynamics for the continental United States The project involves the development of common data sets for model input.

World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
The WCRP was established in 1980. The objectives of the programme are to develop the fundamental scientific understanding of the physical climate system and climate processes needed to determine to what extent climate can be predicted and the extent of man's influence on climate.

World Resource Institute
The World Resources Institute carries out policy research and technical assistance on global environmental and development issues. The Climate Protection Initiative is a partnership between WRI and leading corporations to define safe climate, sound business scenarios policy pathways for stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations, meeting world energy demand, while maintaining a healthy economic environment.

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