New Global Terrestrial Observing System launched on Web

How long can the Earth tolerate ever-intensifying human pressures on its land, water and atmosphere? Answers may be closer at hand with the recent development of the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS), created by various UN and international scientific bodies, with FAO serving as the Secretariat.

Bringing together existing monitoring sites and networks, such as the Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN) and the Reseau d'Observatoires de Surveillance (ROSELT), as well as present and planned satellite remote-sensing systems throughout the world, GTOS aims to integrate critical data into a global knowledge base that will help us manage our planet wisely for future generations.

Information generated by the system will be distributed electronically through a worldwide network of national and regional centres and made freely available to users either through communication systems such as Internet or on CD-ROMs, discs and tapes.

For more information, see the just-launched GTOS website.

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