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December 2008
Training course on Land Cover Mapping in Support of Area Frame Statistical Analysis. Case study of West Showa (Ethiopia)
Project GCP/ETH/071/EC Addis Ababa, August - September 2008

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December 2008
Training course on Development and Harmonization of Land Cover Classification in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) Region
13 -24 October 2008 Kathmandu, Nepal

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December 2008
FAO-GTOS contribution to the 2nd edition of the World Atlas of Mangroves

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December 2008
Digital Agricultural Atlas of the Union of Myanmar

The digital agricultural atlas of the Union of Myanmar is a collection of GIS-derived maps, tabular data and related documents depicting political, physical and agricultural resources in Myanmar. Data are integrated in a “warehouse” framework, which is the core component of FAO's Dynamic Atlas technology. Dynamic Maps is the free GIS software that displays data warehouses. The atlas contains general layers from international data providers and agricultural-related layers generated from 2001-2002 statistics collected at state/division, district and township level. Tabular information and maps are linked to build a geographical information system for agricultural resource managers. The atlas derives from studies carried out by the FAO Investment Centre under the framework of the project "Myanmar Agriculture Sector Review: Analysis and Investment Strategy Formulation".

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October 2008
Terrestrial Essential Climate Variables for Climate Change Assessment, Mitigation and Adaptation
Global Terrestrial Observing System GTOS 52 - Biennial Report Supplement - Editors: Reuben Sessa and Han Dolman

The 2007 IPCC assessment unequivocally states that humans have significantly changed the composition of the atmosphere and that, as a result, our climate is changing. To be able to attribute the causes of climate change, analyse the potential impacts, evaluate the adaptation options and enable characterization of extreme events such as floods, droughts and heat waves, globally consistent sets of observational data are needed. Without such baseline data it will not be possible develop the products needed by policy and other stakeholders. The climate observing system in the terrestrial domain is, however, still poorly developed, while at the same time there is increasing significance being placed on terrestrial data for impact, adaptation and mitigation activities. The precise quantification of the rate of climate change also remains important to determine whether feedback or amplification mechanisms, in which the terrestrial surface plays an important role, are operating within the climate system.

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