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									GEO Seq.No. 58                     GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                    March 2006

                              Disasters Task DI-06-03
Task Number               Title
DI-06-03
Area                      Support the improved integration of InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture
                          Radar) technology for disaster warning and prediction.
Disasters
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1) Dialogue with CEOS/SIT, national and international disaster management agencies, research funding
organizations on possible actions for the improved integration of InSAR and GIS technology.


(2) Support plans of IGOS Geohazards initiatives.


(3) Initiate discussions with CEOS members deploying radar satellites such as ESA, CSA, JAXA, NASA,
etc., to initiate appropriate pilot projects.


(4) Prepare a Plan of Action for GEO Plenary
Output & Deliverables
Report Plan of Action to GEO Plenary including results of existing research projects and future plans
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Report Plan of Action to GEO Plenary, 4th Quarter 2006
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
                  Email:
Lead Organizations:
France (IGOS Geohazards bureau (BRGM/ESA); S. Hosford; s.hosford@brgm.fr)
Greece (National Observatory of Athens; C. Zerefos; zerefos@geol.uoa.gr; TBC)
Greece (General Secretariat for Research and Technology; I. Tsoukalas; secgenof@gsrt.gr; TBC)
IGOS-P (Geohazards Theme)
Contributing Organizations:
Canada ()
Germany (GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ); J. Lauterjung; lau@gfz.potsdam.de)
Greece (Ministry of Environment and Public Works; N. Manalis; nmanalis@edpp.gr)
ISPRS (Bryan Mercer; bmercer@intermap.com)
ISPRS (Mike Inggs; mikings@ebe.uct.ac.za)
ISPRS (Piero Boccardo; PIERO.BOCCARDO@POLITO.IT)
Italy (Italian Civil Protection Department; Pierluigi Soddu; pierluigi.soddu@protezionecivile.it)
Japan (JAXA:Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; Chu ISHIDA; ishida.chu@jaxa.jp)
Japan (AIST:National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology; Eikichi Tsukuda; e-
tsukuda@aist.go.jp)
Japan (NICT:National Institute of Information and Communication Technology; Mamoru ISHII;
mishii@nict.go.jp)
Japan (GSI/MLIT; Satoshi FUJIWARA; fujiwara@gsi.go.jp)
Korea (KIGAM: Korean Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources; Saro Lee; leesaro@kigam.re.kr)
Netherlands (TNO - Built Environment and Geosciences; Chris Bremmer; chris.bremmer@tno.nl)
Norway ()
GEO Seq.No. 58                        GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                                   March 2006

                                  Disasters Task DI-06-03
Portugal (INOV; João Costa; joao.costa@inov.pt)
Spain (IGME; A. García Cortés; garcia.cortes@igme.es)
UNESCO (Robert Missotten; r.missotten@unesco.org)
USA ()
Contributing Users:
FDSN (Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology; Pete Mouginis-Mark; pmm@higp.hawaii.edu)
Portugal (Centro de Geofísica de Évora, University of Évora; Ana Maria Silva; asilva@uevora.pt)
Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
         NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
               of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
GEO Seq.No. 58                   GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                  March 2006

                                Annex Task DI-06-03
GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
Portugal
- Involvement in evaluation, analysis and study of telecom network and improvment of integration with SAR
technology (INOV).
- Access to INSAR data, software and training course (CGE).


Germany
background:ESA-GMES Projekt 'Terra Firma'


Japan
AIST: Support the research project of InSAR technology using JERS1/SAR and PALSAR images of METI
development
JAXA to continue the research and development of InSAR.
NICT: Development of advanced air-borne SAR
GSI/MLIT: Detecting ground surface displacement such as crustal deformation using synthetic aperture
radar interferometry (InSAR) with ALOS data.

Relevant EC Projects:
GEO Seq.No. 59                     GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                     March 2006

                                   Health Task HE-06-01
Task Number                Title
HE-06-01                   Consult with scientists and experts from the health, environment, and Earth
Area                       observation communities to define the requirements and priorities of the Health
                           communities regarding environmental observations.
Health
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
Prior Task title:
Establish a GEO Human Health, Environment and Earth Observation Task Force to support the Secretariat
in defining priorities and implementing all health-related Tasks.


Building upon 2005 Task 8, IGOS-P will identify and invite appropriate experts (~ 10-15) in Human health,
Environment and Earth observation specialists including:
       Specialists on communicative and non-communicative diseases, epidemiologists, GIS experts, health
modelers
        Representatives of environment agencies at national and regional levels
         Experts in space remote sensing and in situ observing systems, data processing and interpretation,
data distribution networks.


These experts will identify steps and actions required to define/improve requirements and priorities for
health in terms of environmental observations and products.
Output & Deliverables
Plan of action including activities, resources and entities to be involved
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Second quarter 2006- Third quarter 2006 (probably first quarter 2007)
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
                 Email:
Lead Organizations:
Greece (National Observatory of Athens; C. Zerefos; zerefos@geol.uoa.gr; TBC)
Greece (General Secretariat for Research and Technology GSRT; I. Tsoukalas; secgenof@gsrt.gr; TBC)
IGOS-P (IGOS Co-Chairs/WHO)
Contributing Organizations:
Australia (John Busby; John.Busby@ga.gov.au)
Canada ()
China ()
France ()
Germany (DLR DFD-KA; Michael Bittner; Michael.Bittner@dlr.de)
Greece (Academy of Athens; G. Contopoulos; gcontop@cc.uoa.gr)
Greece (Ministry of Environment and Public Works; N. Manalis; nmanalis@edpp.gr)
Greece (Academy of Athens; Nikolaos Ambraseys; n.ambraseys@ic.ac.uk)
Greece (Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity (ΜΟΗAW), Research Division; S. Kokkinakis;
edu@mohaw.gr)
ISPRS (Amy Budge; abudge@edac.unm.edu)
GEO Seq.No. 59                        GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                                   March 2006

                                     Health Task HE-06-01
Netherlands (KNMI; Frits Brouwer; Frits.Brouwer@knmi.nl)
Netherlands (KNMI; Hennie Kelder; hennie.kelder@knmi.nl; contributing on air quality observations)
Norway ()
Portugal (University of Algarve-FCMA, Regional Directory of Education of Algarve;; Eusébio Conceição;
econcei@ualg.pt; Mª Manuela Lúcio, Master)
Portugal (Skysoft Portugal - Software e Tecnologias, SA; Sérgio Marques Barbedo;
sergio.barbedo@skysoft.pt)
USA ()
Contributing Users:
France (French institute for health monitoring; G. Salines; g.salines@invs.sante.fr)
Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
         NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
               of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
GEO Seq.No. 59                    GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                    March 2006

                                 Annex Task HE-06-01
GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
Portugal
- Contact with national and international health community representatives to formalize requirements on EO
(Skysoft).
- Improvement of the human health, namely the thermal comfort level that people are subjected. Evaluation
not only of thermal comfort level, using adapted PMV index, that depend of air relative humidity, velocity
and temperature, radiant temperature, solar radiation, clothing and activity level, and others, but also the
local thermal discomfort, using the draught risk, that depend on air velocity, temperature and turbulence
intensity, and others. To evaluate the comfort level will also be used a human thermal and thermo-regulatory
systems.


Germany
Several projects in DFD-KA to monitor air pollutants and solar radiation (with effects on human life), ESA-
PROMOTE

Relevant EC Projects:
DG-RTD I-1, EDEN, Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le
Développement, France
GEO Seq.No. 60                          GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                                   March 2006

                                      Energy Task EN-06-01
Task Number                   Title
EN-06-01
Area                          Consult with scientists and experts representative of the energy sector (including
                              the private sector) to develop a set of priorities for GEO activities.
Energy
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
It was discussed and decided in the User Interface Committee meeting to merge all Energy tasks into one
common Task converging to EN-06-04, which will be elaborated and reworked by IEEE with the help of the
Secretariat


See Task EN-06-04
Output & Deliverables
See Task EN-06-04
Calendar (incl. milestones)
See Task EN-06-04
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
               Email:
Lead Organizations:

Contributing Organizations:

Contributing Users:

Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
See Task EN-06-04

Actual Project Costs
           NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
                 of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
See Task EN-06-04
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
GEO Seq.No. 60               GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail   March 2006

                            Annex Task EN-06-01
GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
.See Task EN-06-04

Relevant EC Projects:
See Task EN-06-04
GEO Seq.No. 61                      GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                      March 2006

                                   Climate Task CL-06-01
Task Number                Title
CL-06-01
Area                       Ensure the initiation of international mechanisms to coordinate and maintain
                           sustained climate data reprocessing and reanalysis efforts.
Climate
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1) Ensure continuity of ongoing reprocessing efforts for key variables identified in GCOS Implementation
Plan and utilizing the information developed by the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) reanalysis
and reprocessing task groups.


(2) Conduct a reprocessing workshop that focuses on needs and requirements to develop a systematic,
sustained program of reprocessing of satellite and in-situ data for the climate sector. Identify key datasets,
and propose a coordinated approach.


(3) Conduct a reanalysis workshop at European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to
coordinate atmospheric reanalysis activities.


(4) Produce workshop reports that propose international mechanism for coordinating and sustaining
reprocessing and reanalysis efforts.


(5) Submit recommendations for endorsement by GEO Members at December 2006 Plenary
Output & Deliverables
Workshop reports and recommendations(to be updated by POC/lead)
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Q2 2006 - Q4 2007 (to be updated by POC/lead)
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
                 Email:
Lead Organizations:
GCOS (David Goodrich; dgoodrich@wmo.int)
WCRP (Gilles Sommeria; gsommeria@wmo.int)
Contributing Organizations:
Argentina (Servicio de Hidrografía Naval (SHN); Manuel Hipólito Picasso; picasso@ara.mil.ar)
Australia (Bruce Stewart; B.Stewart@bom.gov.au)
CEOS (CEOS SIT; Jean-Louis Fellous; jean-louis.fellous@esa.int)
CEOS (CEOS SIT; Stephen Briggs; Stephen.Briggs@esa.int)
China ()
ECMWF (Manfred Kloeppel; Manfred.Kloeppel@ecmwf.int)
Germany (GKSS; F. Colijn; colijn@gkss.de)
Germany (DLR IMF-AP; Thomas Trautmann; Thomas.Trautmann@dlr.de)
Greece (National Observatory of Athens; C. Zerefos; zerefos@geol.uoa.gr)
Greece (Hellenic National Meteorological Service HNMS; D. Skourgias; director@hnms.gr)
Greece (University of Athens; Evangelos Lagios; lagios@geol.uoa.gr)
GEO Seq.No. 61                        GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                                   March 2006

                                   Climate Task CL-06-01
Greece (Academy of Athens; G. Contopoulos; gcontop@cc.uoa.gr)
Greece (University of Athens; Kostas Kartalis; kartali@phys.uoa.gr)
Greece (Ministry of Environment and Public Works; N. Manalis; nmanalis@edpp.gr)
Greece (Academy of Athens; Nikolaos Ambraseys; n.ambraseys@ic.ac.uk)
Italy (Italian Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV); Antonio Navarra; navarra@ingv.it)
Italy (Air Force National Meteorological Service, General Office for Meteorology; Costante De Simone;
c.desimone@meteoam.it)
Japan (JMA; Tomoaki OSE; t-ose@met.kishou.go.jp)
Netherlands (Arjan van Engelencontributing on European Climate Assessment and Dataset)
Portugal (Instituto de Meteorología; Adérito Serrão; a.serrao@meteo.pt)
Spain (Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO); Alicia Lavín; alicia.lavin@gi.ieo.es)
Thailand (Thai Meteorological Department; Director, Meteorological Development Bureau;
muntana@tmd.go.th)
Thailand (Thai Meteorological Department; Director, Meteorological Telecommunication and Information
Division; tmd_inter@tmd.go.th)
USA ()
Contributing Users:

Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
         NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
               of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
GEO Seq.No. 61                    GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                     March 2006

                                 Annex Task CL-06-01
GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
ECMWF
Expertise in re-analysis and provision of ERA (ECMWF Re-analysis) data sets


Portugal
IM is participating in the European Region Re-analisys, EURRA, providing all necessary portuguese
observations and validating results in Portugal and adjacent areas.


Italy
Direct participation to the full WMO Climatic activities and programs (Air Force).


Germany
1. Reprocessing of GOME and SCIMACHY data; 2. for coastal and estuarine water


Japan
JMA: Provision of data and products from the 25-year Japanese Re-Analysis Project (JRA-25) and JMA's
Climate Data Asimilation System (JCDAS) for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and
research communities all over the world, as well as continuous dialogs for the improvement of the quality of
re-analysis data/ products

Relevant EC Projects:
DG- RTD I-3, ASCABOS, Institute of Oceanology – BAS, Bulgaria, arena@io-bas.bg
GEO Seq.No. 62                     GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                    March 2006

                                  Water Task WA-06-02
Task Number               Title
WA-06-02                  Facilitate the development of one (or more) demonstration-project that points to
Area                      the added value of hydrological ensemble forecasts in water resource-
                          management.
Water
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1) Identify one (or more) demonstration-project:
- Review existing proposals including HEPEX (Hydrological Ensemble Prediction Experiment) proposal to
develop a pilot capability for hydrological ensemble prediction that could be used by hydrological services
throughout the world.
- Engage in dialogue with hydro-meteorological community (see participants below).


(2) Promote the development of these projects through:
- Advocacy for international collaboration at organization-, government-, and/or agency- level to help
connect most relevant entities and communities for project implementation.
- Advocacy for funding (e.g. NSF, EC) to support ongoing research and transition of hydrological ensemble
forecasting systems to operational status.


(3) Explore the possibility of connecting hydrological ensemble forecasting projects to Earth observation
water-management initiatives such as TIGER. Emphasize complementarity aspects and benefits that could
derive from combining methodologies.


(4) Support international cooperative activities (e.g. inter-comparison experiments, scientific workshops and
meetings) bringing together hydrological, meteorological, and water management communities. Participate
into WMO/HWR activities involving operational hydrological services internationally and aiming at
defining user requirements for water resource data.
Output & Deliverables
Ensemble-based hydrological forecast experiments applied to water resource management.
Recommendations on how hydrological ensemble forecasting and Earth observation derived data could be
combined to assist the water resources sector in making public health and safety decisions.
Calendar (incl. milestones)
(1)     Q2 2006
(2)-(4) Q2 2006 - Q4 2007
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
               Email:
Lead Organizations:
IGOS-P (IGWCO)
WCRP (Richard Lawford; richard.lawford@umbc.edu)
Contributing Organizations:
Canada ()
GEO Seq.No. 62                        GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                                   March 2006

                                     Water Task WA-06-02
China ()
FAO (Jeff Tschirley; jeff.tschirley@fao.org)
Germany (Bundeanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe; M. Kosinowski; m.kosinowski@bgr.de)
Netherlands (Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing Ltd, EARS; Andries Rosema;
andries.rosema@ears.nl)
Netherlands (TNO - Built Environment and Geosciences; Chris Bremmer; chris.bremmer@tno.nl)
Netherlands (ITC; Z. Su; b_zu@itc.nl)
Portugal (Centro de Geofísica de Évora, University of Évora; Ana Maria Silva; asilva@uevora.pt)
Portugal (Águas de Portugal; Carlos Póvoa; c.povoa@adp.pt)
Portugal (CVRM; Luis Ribeiro; nlrib@alfa.ist.utl.pt)
Portugal (IST MARETEC; Pedro Pina; ppina.maretec@ist.utl.pt)
Thailand (Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA); Ramphing Simking;
ramphing@gistda.or.th)
UNESCO (Robert Missotten; r.missotten@unesco.org)
USA ()
WMO (Don Hinsman; dhinsman@wmo.int)
Contributing Users:
Germany (Bundeanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe; M. Kosinowski; m.kosinowski@bgr.de)
Portugal (Centro de Geofísica de Évora, University of Évora; Ana Maria Silva; asilva@uevora.pt)
Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
         NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
               of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
GEO Seq.No. 62                     GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                       March 2006

                                  Annex Task WA-06-02
GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
Portugal. Uevora. Assess a practical technique to evaluate in detail the structural control on the productivity
of wells, using remote sense images and measurements in Alentejo region, covering approximately 200
square kilometres. The following data can be provided: software for data analysis; logistic for field
campaigns andhuman resources.
IST MARETEC. Our research is sponsored by research agencies, industry and services and by the university
itself. Projects INSEA and ECOMANAGE are the result of our effort to congregate efforts for developing
tools for coastal management. During 2006 we will continue to promote the formation of consortia
demonstration-project that points to the added value of hydrological ensemble forecasts in water resource-
management.


FAO, through the activities of Water Resources, Development and Management Service (AGLW), will
continue to implement and advocate funding for projects that add value to hydrological ensemble forecasts in
water resource-management. FAO, through the activities of AGLW, can contribute to the coordination of
this task if additional resources are obtained.


UNESCO. This type of activities could benefit from cooperation with the UNESCO Hydrology Programme
network of cooperating institutions that are already cooperating actively with GEWEX.
Under the framework of IHP, International Sediment Initiative (ISI) calls for a special attention to fluvial
processes in rivers and coastal zones as part of the integrated water resource management. IHP-ISI could
facilitate few demonstration projects under this scope.
IHP can facilitate access to useful datasets and case studies that support water resources investigations. E.g.
G-WADI (Water and Development Information for Arid Lands - a global network) GeoServer provides
access to information on precipitation and aridity, and other web resources. IHP supports interfacing with
user community by disseminating information.

Relevant EC Projects:
DG-RTD I-3, Danubs, Institute for Water Quality and Waste Management ,Vienna, University of
Technology
GEO Seq.No. 63                     GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                   March 2006

                              Weather Task WE-06-03
Task Number              Title
WE-06-03                 Facilitate the development and maintenance of a prototype global operational
Area                     multi-model ensemble prediction system (e.g. through THORPEX) incorporating
                         easily accessible databases.
Weather
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1) Advocate implementation of the THORPEX Interactive Global Grand Ensemble (TIGGE) at three global
sites (ECWMF, Chinese Meteorological Administration, and National Center for Atmospheric Research).


(2) Co-sponsor a workshop in the last quarter of 2006 on the current status and uses of the TIGGE database.
Need more detail description by lead/POC.
Output & Deliverables
Completed Workshop and published report
Need more detail description by lead/POC.
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Workshop and published report                                           Quarter 2 2006 - 2007/200
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact : WMO (THORPEX/IPO) ; David Burridge
                  Email: DBurridge@wmo.int
Lead Organizations:
WMO (AREP/THORPEX; Don Hinsman; dhinsman@wmo.int)
Contributing Organizations:
Argentina (Servicio de Hidrografía Naval (SHN); Manuel Hipólito Picasso; picasso@ara.mil.ar)
Australia (Kamal Puri; k.puri@bom.gov.au)
Canada (Environment Canada; Louis Lefaivre; louis.lefaivre@ec.gc.ca)
ECMWF (Manfred Kloeppel; Manfred.Kloeppel@ecmwf.int)
France (Mercator-Océan; Pierre Bahurel; pierre.bahurel@mercator-ocean.fr)
France (Mercator-Océan; Pierre Bahurel; pierre.bahurel@mercator-ocean.fr)
France (Mercator-Océan; Pierre Bahurel; pierre.bahurel@mercator-ocean.fr)
Germany (Institute of Physics and Meteorology, University of Hohenheim; Volker Wulfmeyer;
wulfmeye@uni-hohenheim.de)
Greece (National Observatory of Athens; C. Zerefos; zerefos@geol.uoa.gr)
Greece (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; D. Balis; balis@auth.gr; Northern Hemisphere Ozone Mapping
Center of WMO)
Greece (Hellenic National Meteorological Service HNMS; D. Skourgias; director@hnms.gr)
Greece (University of Athens; Evangelos Lagios; lagios@geol.uoa.gr; Geophysical Earth Observation)
Greece (University of Athens; Kostas Kartalis; kartali@phys.uoa.gr; Earth Observation)
Italy (Air Force National Meteorological Service, General Office for Meteorology; Costante De Simone;
c.desimone@meteoam.it)
Italy (Italian Civil Protection Department; Pierluigi Soddu; pierluigi.soddu@protezionecivile.it)
Republic of Korea (Korea Meteorological Administration, Numerical Weather Prediction Division; Hee-
Dong Yoo; hyoo@kma.go.kr)
Thailand (Thai Meteorological Department; Director, Meteorological Development Bureau;
muntana@tmd.go.th)
Thailand (Thai Meteorological Department; Director, Weather Forecast Bureau; tmd_inter@tmd.go.th)
GEO Seq.No. 63                        GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                                   March 2006

                                  Weather Task WE-06-03
USA ()
WCRP (Gilles Sommeria; gsommeria@wmo.int)
Contributing Users:

Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
         NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
               of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
GEO Seq.No. 63                       GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                March 2006

                                 Annex Task WE-06-03
GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
ECMWF
Provision of TIGGE data sets


Italy
Participation to international cooperating activities COSMO


Germany
Please note that this activitity is a major subject of THORPEX and WWRP. Furthermore, these ensembles
need to have regional resolution in order to support hydrological applications.


Republic of Korea
Currently, the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) produces weather forecast up to 8 days in
advance, using its own ensemble prediction systems and is taking part in the THORPEX/TIGGE program,
which was implemented by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and its members.
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Climate Center (APCC), which was registered as a GEOSS
Modeling and Data Process Center, is producing reliable seasonal predictions to user communities, based on
a multi-model ensemble climate prediction system.
Activities for 2006 will focus on:
- Extending forecast up to 10 days in advance
- Continuing to further improve its multi-model ensemble prediction system to enhance climate prediction
abilities
- Holding regularly a series of workshops on the ensemble prediction
Expectations are as follows:
- Improving forecast accuracy through the ensemble prediction system
- Producing reliable seasonal predictions and their uncertainty to user communities

Relevant EC Projects:
DG-ENTR, GEMS, Mr Tony Hollingworth, ECMWF, UNITED KINGDOM
GEO Seq.No. 64                     GEO 2006 Work Plan Detail                                     March 2006

                            Ecosystems Task EC-06-01
Task Number               Title
EC-06-01                  Support the Integrated Global Carbon Observation (IGCO) development of a
Area                      global carbon-observing system, in particular improved global networks of in-situ
                          CO2 observations.
Ecosystems
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1)      Facilitate coordination between regional carbon budgeting programs to scale-up regional programs
to the global scale and aid in network design.
(2)     Finalize an Implementation Plan based on the carbon theme report.
(3) Support the creation of an IGCO office.
(4) Begin the execution of the IGCO Implementation Plan.
(5) Establish a plan to implement new high-precision atmospheric boundary layer CO2 measurements in
key locations identified by inverse modeling, particularly over continental masses in the tropics and southern
hemisphere.
Output & Deliverables
Finalize an Implementation Plan based on the carbon theme report.
Begin the execution of the IGCO Implementation Plan.
Establish a plan to implement new high-precision atmospheric boundary layer CO2 measurements in key
locations identified by inverse modeling, particularly over continental masses in the tropics and southern
hemisphere.
Report to 2007 GEO Plenary
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Finalize the Implementation Plan                                                  2nd Quarter 2006
Begin the execution of the IGCO Implementation Plan                               Quarters 2-3 2006
Establish Implementation plan atmospheric boundary layer CO2 measurements Quarters 2-3 2006
Report to GEO Plenary                                                             4th Quarter 2006
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
                  Email:
Lead Organizations:
IGOS-P (IGCO) TBC
USA (USGS); Pat Jellison;
Contributing Organizations:
Argentina (Servicio de Hidrografía Naval (SHN); Manuel Hipólito Picasso; picasso@ara.mil.ar)
Australia (CSIRO; Alex Held; Alex.Held@csiro.au)
Germany (MPI-BGC Jena: CarboEurope; Annette Freibauer; afreib@bgc-jena.mpg.de)
Greece (Ministry of Environment and Public Works; N. Manalis; nmanalis@edpp.gr)
GTOS ()
IOC (Roger Dargaville; r.dargaville@unesco.org)
Italy (Italian Space Agency (ASI); Francesco Nirchio; francesco.nirchio@asi.it)
Japan (AIST:National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology; Eikichi Tsukuda; e-
tsukuda@aist.go.jp)
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Japan (FFPRI:Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; Haruo SAWADA; sawady@ffpri.affrc.go.jp)
Japan (NIAES: National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences; Toshiaki Imagawa;
imagawa@affrc.go.jp)
Japan (NIES: National Institute for Environmental Studies; Yasuhiro SASANO; sasano@nies.go.jp)
Portugal (Instituto de Meteorología; Adérito Serrão; a.serrao@meteo.pt)
Portugal (INOV; João Costa; joao.costa@inov.pt)
Portugal (Marine Plant Ecology Research Group of Centre of Marine Sciences of Algarve (CCMAR); João
Silva; jmsilva@ualg.pt)
Russia ()
UNESCO ()
Contributing Users:

Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
         NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
               of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:
DG-ENTR, GEMS, Mr Tony Hollingworth, ECM F, UNITED KINGDOM
DG-ENTR, GEOLAND, Infoterra GMBH, Germany, alexander.kaptein@infoterra-global.com
DG-RTD 1-4, CARBONORTH, Stockholms Universitet, Prof. Peter Kuhry
DG-RTD 1-4, CARBOAFRICA, Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Prof. Riccardo Valentini
DG-RTD 1-4, CARBONORTH, Stockholms Universitet, Prof. Peter Kuhry

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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                                  Annex Task EC-06-01
GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
CHECK RELEVANCE OF POTENTIAL CONTRIBUTIONS


GTOS: GTOS, through the activities of TCO, will support the IGCO to develop a global carbon-observing
system, in particular improving the global network of in situ CO2 observations through the further
development of FLUXNET. Funds for the networks in the region of Sub-Saharan Africa have been acquired
for this task, but additional funding will be required for similar development of FLUXNET in other regions.


Italian Space Agency (ASI). ASI has developed a system based on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data to
monitor oceans to detect illicit and accidental oil spills. In the near future a new and upgraded version of the
system will be ready. It will use both SAR and optical satellite data and will provide also an estimation of the
slicks drift. The present planning foresees a K.O. meeting within the first half of 2006,a basic version of the
new system in operation in one year and the system final version ready in 3 years. Contact point: Francesco
Nirchio, francesco.nirchio@asi.it


Portugal, Marine Plant Ecology Research Group of Centre of Marine Sciences of Algarve (CCMAR):
Establishment of innovative and reliable methods for field assessment of carbon uptake of coastal
communities, particularly seaweeds, seagrasses and saltmarshes, based on IRGA measurements. In-situ
measurements of short-term variability in the carbon dioxide uptake, as conditioned by the combined
rhythms of circadian light and tidal cycles. Evaluation of the seasonal variations in carbon dioxide uptake.
Assessment of the effects of increased CO2 on the carbon uptake, in a global change scenario. Gathering of a
comprehensive set of data for the up-scaling (modelling) of the carbon uptake to the whole-system level.
INOV: System design and planning of global system for carbon observation data, and in-situ observation
systems. Some local networks can be adapted to provide such data.
IM: IM is operating a programme of CO2 observations at Terceira/Azores, the samples being analyzed by
NOOA. This programme is to be improved in cooperation with the University of Azores and the University
of Michigan (USA) in order to implement a continous CO2 monitoring system with the installation of new
equipments at the same site.


UNESCO: Discussions could be held to strengthen the cooperation in this field especially in cooperation
with the Global Observing Systems.


Japan
FFPRI: To promote activities for the Asia-Flux Network
NIAES: Contribute to the related committees on promoting satellite remote sensing in agriculture
AIST: Support PEN (Phenological Eyes Network) for satellite image validation and ASIAFLUX. Promote
the maintenance of the measurement data by a GeoGRID system.
NIES: Supporting development of a network for observing CO2 flux in forests through activities of the
AsiaFlux Office; Establishing a wide-area observing system for CO2 distribution with commercial aircrafts;
Establishing a wide-area observing system for CO2 flux between the atmosphere and the oceans with cargo
vessels

Relevant EC Projects:
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                           Ecosystems Task EC-06-02
Task Number               Title
EC-06-02                  Establish an ad hoc Ecosystems Classification Task Force, covering terrestrial,
Area                      freshwater, and ocean ecosystems, with a mandate to create a globally agreed,
                          robust, and viable classification scheme for ecosystems.
Ecosystems
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1)     Convene a task force of up to 15 experts on terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems to develop
a global operational scheme for ecosystem classification.
(2)     Produce a report outlining the recommended framework for ecosystem classification.
(3)     Present the report at 2007 GEO plenary proposing adoption of the system by GEO members
Output & Deliverables
(1) Convene the Ecosystems Classification Task Force
(2)     Produce a report outlining the recommended framework for ecosystem classification.
(3)      Present the report and proposal for classification scheme at 2007 GEO plenary proposing adoption
of the system by GEO members
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Convene the Ecosystems Classification Task Force         2nd Quarter 2006
Produce a report of recommended framework for ecosystem classification                   4th Quarter 2006

Present the report and proposal for classification scheme at 2007 GEO    4th Quarter 2006
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
               Email:
Lead Organizations:
USA (USGS); Roger Sayre; rsayre@usgs.gov
NGO in Paraguay (TBD)

Contributing Organizations:
FAO ()
Germany (DIVERSITAS International; Norbert Juergens; Norbert.Juergens@t-online.de)
Greece (National Observatory of Athens; C. Zerefos; zerefos@geol.uoa.gr)
Greece (Academy of Athens; G. Contopoulos; gcontop@cc.uoa.gr)
Greece (General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT); I. Tsoukalas; secgenof@gsrt.gr)
Greece (Ministry of Environment and Public Works; N. Manalis; nmanalis@edpp.gr)
Greece (Academy of Athens; Nikolaos Ambraseys; n.ambraseys@ic.ac.uk)
GTOS ()
IGOS-P (IGWCO)
Italy (Italian Space Agency (ASI); Francesco Nirchio; francesco.nirchio@asi.it)
Japan (FFPRI:Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; Haruo SAWADA; sawady@ffpri.affrc.go.jp)
Japan (NIAES: National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences; Toshiaki Imagawa;
imagawa@affrc.go.jp)
Netherlands (ITC; A.K. Skidmore; skidmore@itc.nl)
Netherlands (Centre for Geoinformation (CGI), Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR);
Michael Schaepman; michael.schaepman@wur.nl)
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Portugal (Cimar - Centre for Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto; Isabel Sousa Pinto;
ispinto@cimar.org)
Spain (Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO); Luis Valdés; luis.valdes@gi.ieo.es)
UNESCO ()
Contributing Users:
Portugal (IPIMAR – Portugal; Paulo B. Oliveira; pbo@ipimar.pt)
Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
          NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
                of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
GTOS, through the GTOS Sec and in coordination with the relevant GTOS panels, will collaborate in the
development of this task. Additional funds will be required for activities outside of the current proposed
scope of the secretariat and panels for 2006.
Italy: ASI has developed a system, based on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data to monitor oceans to
detect illicit and accidental oil spills. In the near future a new and upgraded version of the system will be
ready. It will use both SAR and optical satellite data and will provide also an estimation of the slicks drift.
The present planning foresees a K.O. meeting within the first half of 2006,a basic version of the new system
in operation in one year and the system final version ready in 3 years.
Portugal:
MARBEF: on going
MARBENA: on going
BioPlatform: Finished
SEAWEEDAFRICA, finished
BIOSTRAT: under negotiation
SEABEE: finished
LITORAL NORTE: on going
LIMITS: on going


UNESCO could contribute with its ecosystem classification scheme in MAB.
UNESCO has engaged an informal discussion with The Nature Conservancy and the Secretariat of the
Convention on Biological Diversity on criteria for ecological representativeness and ecological classification.
The outcomes of collaborative work between UNESCO and these and other possible partners will be
repackaged by the UNESCO Secretariat so as to fit with GEOSS technical language.


FAO through the activities of the Global Forest Resources Assessment Programme would be a contributing
organization for this task as it relates to forestry. FAO through the Environment and Natural Resources
Department (SDRN), will contribute to this task through its ongoing activities developing global standards
and protocols for harmonized classification of terrestrial land cover. This may require additional resources.


Japan
FFPRI: To get in on the Task Force on classification of ecosystems
NIAES: Participate in the task force

Relevant EC Projects:
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                            Ecosystems Task EC-06-03
Task Number               Title
EC-06-03                  Initiate the harmonization of observing-methods and create synergies between
Area                      ecosystem observing activities and those of other existing groups and mechanisms
                          for terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems.
Ecosystems
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1)   Create an assessment group with representation from already well-organized observational
communities to come up with a strategic plan for harmonization of observing methods.


(2)     Set up small groups of topical experts to produce recommendations in their own field of expertise


(3)    Collate initial ecosystem recommendations into report and check them against each other, and other
SBA’s for convergence, divergence and overlap.


(4) Initiate the creation of synergies between ecosystem observing activities and those of other existing
groups and mechanisms for terrestrial and marine systems.
Output & Deliverables
Establish assessment group and topical expert groups
Report published, agreed set of variables, with definitions and methods
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Establish assessment group and topical expert groups                               2nd Quarter 2006
Publication of report                                                              4th Quarter 2006
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
               Email:
Lead Organizations:
USA (USGS); Roger Sayre; rsayre@usgs.gov (TBC)
Russia (Roshydromet); (TBC)

Contributing Organizations:
Canada ()
EC (JRC; Max Craglia; massimo.craglia@jrc.it)
EEA (European Environment Agency (EEA); Jean-Louis Weber; jean-louis.weber@eea.eu.int; Natura 2000)
FAO ()
Germany (GKSS; Carlo van Bernem; bernem@gkss.de)
GOOS (Mercator-Océan; Francois Gerard; francois.gerard@meteo.fr)
Greece (National Observatory of Athens; C. Zerefos; zerefos@geol.uoa.gr)
Greece (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research; G. Chronis; Gchronis@ath.hcmr.gr)
Greece (General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT); I. Tsoukalas; secgenof@gsrt.gr)
Greece (Ministry of Environment and Public Works; N. Manalis; nmanalis@edpp.gr)
GTOS (Inter-Agency Coordination and Planning Committee (ICPC))
IGOS-P (IGWCO & Coastal theme)
Japan (FFPRI:Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; Haruo SAWADA; sawady@ffpri.affrc.go.jp)
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Japan (NIAES: National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences; Toshiaki Imagawa;
imagawa@affrc.go.jp)
Netherlands (ITC; A.K. Skidmore; skidmore@itc.nl)
Netherlands (Centre for Geoinformation (CGI), Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR);
Michael Schaepman; michael.schaepman@wur.nl)
Portugal (Cimar - Centre for Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto; Isabel Sousa Pinto;
ispinto@cimar.org)
Portugal (CIMA - Centre for Marine and Environmental Research of the University of Algarve; Tomasz
Boski; tboski@ualg.pt)
Spain (Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO); Luis Valdés; luis.valdes@gi.ieo.es)
UNESCO ()
USA ()
Contributing Users:
Portugal (IPIMAR – Portugal; Paulo B. Oliveira; pbo@ipimar.pt)
Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
          NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
                of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
GTOS:
GTOS, through the GTOS Sec and in coordination with the GTOS panels as well as the other members of
the ICPC (see cover letter for further details), will support the relevant activities of this task through the joint
activities of ICPC for 2006. In addition, activities of TCO will contribute to the initiation of the
harmonization of observing methods and validation of model for carbon accounting. Additional funds will be
required to address this task outside of the current proposed scope of GTOS activities for 2006.


Portugal:
Cimar - Centre for Marine and Environmental Research: (Isabel Sousa Pinto, Cimar, University of Porto,
Head of Coastal Biodiversity Lab, ispinto@cimar.org): Harmonisation of in situ observation methods and
create synergies between ecosystem observing activities (marine)
CIMA - Centre for Marine and Environmental Research of the University of Algarve (Tomasz Boski -
tboski@ualg.pt): CIMA has been devloping several in situ observations mostly in estuarine areas regarding
organic and inorganic sediment quality. Such research has been providing valuable information regarding
paleo communities which have been used as indicators of past environments and have also been useful for
understanding ecossystem change as a response to climate change during the Holocene. In this sense,
CIMA's contribution can be as input group for observing methods harmonization in coastal areas, since such
areas embrace not only terrestrial systems but water and marine systems as well.


UNESCO:
Discussions could be held to strengthen the cooperation in this field especially in cooperation with the
Global Observing Systems.
UNESCO carries out harmonization of monitoring methodologies and systems in the marine real on a
continued basis through its Global Ocean Observing System (jointly with WMO, UNEP and ICSU).
Harmonized observing methods for coastal areas are expected to be developed in the current year in the
context of the Coastal Module of the FAO-UNESCO-WMO-UNEP-ICSU Global Terrestrial Observing
System. UNESCO collaborates with many partners in the development and testing of indicators of ecological
integrity in the terrestrial and marine environment, many of which are already available.


FAO will contribute to this task through its participation in a number of international activities aimed at
harmonizing observing methods and creating synergies between ecosystem observing activities. These
activities include: The FAO partnership in the GEF funded proposal on biodiversity indicators for the
Convention of biodiversity 2010 target; FAO’s role in implementing the Global Climate Observing System,
which is focused mainly on the terrestrial environmental observations; harmonization and standardization of
land cover information through the Global Land Cover Network, and hosting of the Global Terrestrial
Observing System secretariat, which contributes to this task in the terrestrial and coastal domains. All of
these activities are ongoing throughout 2006 and beyond, but additional resources may be required to fully
address this tasks planned outcomes.


Germany
for tidal flats


Japan
NIAES: To make and/or adjust proposals for observation methods of ecosystems
FFPRI: To participate in the presentation and coordination on observation methodology
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Relevant EC Projects:
DG-RTD 1-3, ASCABOS, Institute of Oceanology – BAS, Bulgaria, arena@io-bas.bg
DG-RTD 1-4, CARBOOCEAN, Universitetet I Bergen, Bergen – Norway, Prof Christoph Heinze
(heinze@gfi.uib.no)
DG-RTD 1-4, CARBO-north, Stockholms Universitet, Prof. Peter Kuhry
DG-RTD 1-4, CARBOEUROP-IP, Max Planck Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Wissenschaften E.V.,
Muenchen – Germany, Prof. Ernst-Detlef Schulze, (dschulze@bgc-jena.mpc.de)
DG-RTD 1-4, CARBOAFRICA, Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Prof. Riccardo Valentín
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                           Ecosystems Task EC-06-04
Task Number               Title
EC-06-04
Area                      Explore techniques for up-scaling in-situ ecosystem observations.
Ecosystems
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1)    Set up an assessment group of up to 10 persons to examine recent progress in scaling approaches in
ecology, and make a series of recommendations regarding which approaches are ready for operational use,
and which need further research effort.
(2)    Conduct and publish an assessment, based on a review of existing literature and practice. The
assessment should cover statistical up-scaling using GIS, hybrid remote sensing – in situ techniques and
model-assisted up-scaling.
(3) Report to GEO Plenary and promote new research in the areas that the assessment reveals as weak.
Output & Deliverables
Convene Assessment Group
Publish Assessment
Report to GEO Plenary
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Convene Assessment Group                                                          2nd Quarter 2006
Conduct assessment                                                               Quarters 2-4 2006
Report to GEO Plenary and commission                                               4th Quarter 2006
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
               Email:
Lead Organizations:
USA (USGS); Roger Sayre; rsayre@usgs.gov (TBC)

Contributing Organizations:
Germany (MPI-BGC Jena: CarboEurope; Annette Freibauer; afreib@bgc-jena.mpg.de)
Greece (General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT); I. Tsoukalas; secgenof@gsrt.gr)
GTOS ()
Japan (FFPRI:Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; Haruo SAWADA; sawady@ffpri.affrc.go.jp)
Japan (NIAES: National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences; Toshiaki Imagawa;
imagawa@affrc.go.jp)
Netherlands (ITC; A.K. Skidmore; skidmore@itc.nl)
Netherlands (Centre for Geoinformation (CGI), Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR);
Michael Schaepman; michael.schaepman@wur.nl)
Russia ()
Spain (Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO); Luis Valdés; luis.valdes@gi.ieo.es)
UNEP ()
UNESCO ()
Contributing Users:
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Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
         NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
               of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
GTOS, through the activities of TCO and other panels where appropriate, will explore techniques for up-
scaling in-situ ecosystem observations as part of their program activities. Specifically, TCO will focus on
flux tower observations and calibration and validation of models.


UNESCO
Contacts need to be made with MAB network in this regard.
This activity will depend on progress made in linking existing UNESCO sites (Biosphere Reserves, World
Heritage, Ramsar sites) into operational national and sub-regional networks


Germany
main research topic of CarboEurope!


Japan
FFPRI: To participate in evaluation of the methodologies on up-scaling
NIAES: Study up-scaling methods for ground observation data on carbon budget and GHG emission in agro-
ecosystems

Relevant EC Projects:
DG-ENTR GEOLAND, Infoterra GmbH, Germany, alexander.kaptein@infoterra-global.com ;
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                           Ecosystems Task EC-06-05
Task Number              Title
EC-06-05                 Complete a survey of the research community involved in in-situ observations and
Area                     modelling for new platform and sensor needs, or for suggestions for better use of
                         existing systems.
Ecosystems
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1)     Complete the development of the survey tool that was initiated in 2005
(2)    Compile and synthesize the measurement recommendations and requirements from the existing
IGOS themes
(3)     Administer survey to respondents by May 2006
(4)     Synthesize and evaluate responses to the survey by February 2007
Output & Deliverables
Report from the survey
Present the report of the survey outlining the recommendations concerning new in-situ platform and sensor
needs at 2007 GEO Plenary.
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Complete the development of the survey tool that was initiated in 2005           2nd Quarter 2006
Administer survey to respondents                                                 May 2006
Report from the survey                                                           4th Quarter 2006
Present the report of the survey at 2007 GEO Plenary                             4th Quarter 2006
Need to update by lead/POC
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
                  Email:
Lead Organizations:
IGBP (started the work in 2005)
USA (NOAA) (TBC)
Netherlands (Centre for Geoinformation (CGI), Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR);
Michael Schaepman; michael.schaepman@wur.nl)
Contributing Organizations:
Germany (DIVERSITAS International; Norbert Juergens; Norbert.Juergens@t-online.de)
Greece (General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT); I. Tsoukalas; secgenof@gsrt.gr)
GTOS ()
IGOS-P (Coastal Theme)
Japan (FFPRI:Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; Haruo SAWADA; sawady@ffpri.affrc.go.jp)
Japan (NIAES: National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences; Toshiaki Imagawa;
imagawa@affrc.go.jp)
Netherlands (Centre for Geoinformation (CGI), Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR);
Michael Schaepman; michael.schaepman@wur.nl)
Portugal (Cimar - Centre for Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto; Isabel Sousa Pinto;
ispinto@cimar.org)
Portugal (INOV; João Costa; joao.costa@inov.pt)
Spain (Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO); Luis Valdés; luis.valdes@gi.ieo.es)
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UNESCO ()
USA ()
Contributing Users:
Portugal (Centro de Geofísica de Évora, University of Évora; Ana Maria Silva; asilva@uevora.pt; in
colaboration with Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Alentejo)
Portugal (IPIMAR – Portugal; Paulo B. Oliveira; pbo@ipimar.pt)
Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
          NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
                of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
GTOS:
GTOS, through the activities of TCO, will contribute to a survey of the research community involved in in-
situ observations and modelling on carbon cycle, suggesting also new platform and sensor needs, and a better
use of existing systems.
Portugal
Participate in the survey of the research community involved in in-situ observations.
Contribute for a survey of the research community at IPIMAR level, involved in in-situ observations and
modelling for new platform and sensor needs.
Animals and plants characterization, research and identification in Sado Sines area (SW- Portuguese Coast)
Sensor analysis and adaptation of sensors, algorithms and data collection schemes in order to improve
systems and data usability.
UNESCO:
Collaboration could be developed through synergies with the MAB Biosphere Reserves programme.
UNESCO will provide information on a project on survey of the research community on in situ observations
in the European coastal region and has already available information in many researched UNESCO sites in
the world.


Japan
NIAES: Survey of ground observation research communities related to carbon budget and GHG emission in
agro-ecosystems
FFPRI: To coordinate activities related to the National Forest Resource Inventory System

Relevant EC Projects:
DG-RTD 1-3, EDIOS, EuroGOOS, Hans Dahlin: Hans.Dahlin@smhi.se
DG-RTD 1-3, ESONIM, Irish Marine Institute, Mick Gillooly: mick.gillooly@marine.ie
DG-RTD 1-3, PAPA, BOOS, Erik Buch: ebu@dmi.dk
DG-RTD 1-4, CARBOAFRICA, Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Prof. Riccardo Valentini
DG-RTD 1-4, CARBO-north, Stockholms Universitet, Prof. Peter Kuhry
DG-RTD 1-4, CARBOEUROPE-IP, Max Planck Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Wissenschaften E.V.,
Muenchen – Germany, Prof. Ernst-Detlef Schulze, (dschulze@bgc-jena.mpc.de)
DG-RTD 1-4, CARBOOCEAN, Universitetet I Bergen, Bergen – Norway, Prof Christoph Heinze
(heinze@gfi.uib.no)
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                            Ecosystems Task EC-06-06
Task Number               Title
EC-06-06                  Conduct an inventory of archived data for ecosystems, identify data gaps, identify
Area                      data at risk, and evaluate costs of data rescue. In complement, conduct a workshop
                          to define a data archiving strategy taking into account data types, processing levels
Ecosystems                and supporting media.
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1)    Establish a Data Archive Task Force, with members selected for expertise in data archiving in one or
more societal benefit area.
(2)     Task Force to design and conduct a survey to encompass critical archived ecosystem information for
each societal benefit area.
(3)      Task Force to analyze responses and gather information so as to identify data gaps, identify data at
risk, and evaluate costs of data rescue.
(4)     Conduct a workshop to develop recommendations on data archiving priorities
Output & Deliverables
Publish a Findings and Recommendations document.
Report of the GEO Task Force on Data Archiving (document)
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Establish a Data Archive Task Force                                        2nd Quarter 2006
Conduct workshop                                                           2nd Quarter 2006
Publish a Findings and Recommendations document.                           4th Quarter 2006
Report of the GEO Task Force on Data Archiving (document)                  4th Quarter 2006
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
                  Email:
Lead Organizations:
TBD ()
Contributing Organizations:
Germany (DLR DFD-IT; E. Mikusch; eberhard.mikusch@dlr.de)
Germany (DIVERSITAS International; Norbert Juergens; Norbert.Juergens@t-online.de)
Greece (General Secretariat for Research and Technology GSRT; I. Tsoukalas; secgenof@gsrt.gr)
Greece (Ministry of Environment and Public Works; N. Manalis; nmanalis@edpp.gr)
GTOS ()
Netherlands (Centre for Geoinformation (CGI), Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR);
Michael Schaepman; michael.schaepman@wur.nl)
Portugal (Cimar - Centre for Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto; Isabel Sousa Pinto;
ispinto@cimar.org)
Spain (Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO); Luis Valdés; luis.valdes@gi.ieo.es)
Thailand (Thai Meteorological Department; Director, Meteorological Development Bureau;
muntana@tmd.go.th)
USA ()
Contributing Users:
Portugal (Centro de Geofísica de Évora, University of Évora; Ana Maria Silva; asilva@uevora.pt; in
colaboration with Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Alentejo)
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Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
         NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
               of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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                                 Annex Task EC-06-06
GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
GTOS
GTOS, through the activities of GTOS Sec and TCO, will contribute to the task using the TEMS database. In
addition TCO will provide support on carbon data, identifying data requirements, but additional funds will
be needed for the organization of a workshop.


Portugal:
CIMAR: Participate in an inventory of archived data for ecosystems (Marine), identify gaps, data at risk.
Participate in workshop to define a data archiving strategy.
Centro de Geofísica de Évora, University of Évora in colaboration with Comissão de Coordenação e
Desenvolvimento Regional do AlentejoAnimals and plants characterization, research and identification in
Sado Sines area (SW- Portuguese Coast)


Germany
DLR National Remote Sensing Data Library (NRSDL)


Japan
FFPRI: To participate in the activities on coordination for ecosystem observation

Relevant EC Projects:
DG-RTD 1-3, ASCABOS, Institute of Oceanology – BAS, Bulgaria, arena@io-bas.bg
DG-RTD 1-4, CARBOEUROPE-IP, Max Planck Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Wissenschaften E.V.,
Muenchen – Germany, Prof. Ernst-Detlef Schulze, (dschulze@bgc-jena.mpc.de)
DG-RTD 1-4, CARBOOCEAN, Universitetet I Bergen, Bergen – Norway, Prof Christoph Heinze
(heinze@gfi.uib.no)
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                             Agriculture Task AG-06-02
Task Number                Title
AG-06-02                   Consult with scientists and experts from the fisheries, aquaculture, coastal zone
Area                       management and Earth observation communities at international and regional
                           levels to identify opportunities for enhanced utilization of Earth observations in
Agriculture                fisheries and aquaculture.
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
Background:
The history of major fisheries around the world is one of over-fishing. The problem is attributed, invariably,
to the lack of knowledge of the fish stocks because of its “invisibility.” However, a major
contributing factor is inadequate assessment of catch effort, and changes in catch effort over time. A second
major factor, particularly relevant to coastal and estuarine fisheries, is the failure to adequately take into
account the impacts on the fishery of pollution, loss of habitat or degradation of key habitats.


In this respect it is also important to look at the impact of fresh water run-off into the coastal areas and
pollution, organic material and sediments transported with the rivers into the coastal waters needs to be
handled by the observational requirements.


(1)     Set up a series of meetings with FAO Fishery Resources Officers and FAO Regional Fisheries
Bodies.
(2)     Meet with Earth Observation experts in a wide-range of relevant space agencies, environmental
agencies and other Earth Observation communities.
(3)     Arrange a workshop with a topic: Enhanced utilization of Earth observations in fisheries and
aquaculture.
Need to update by lead/POC (mainly NOAA) in coorporation with GEO Secretariat
Output & Deliverables
Meetings with the professionals with widespread expertise in Earth Observations for fisheries to develop
recommendations for utilization of Earth Observation for Regional Fisheries Bodies and national responsible
entities.
Conduct a workshop
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Meetings with the professionals, Quarters 1 and 2 ?2006
A workshop, 4th quarter 2006
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC): Spain (Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO), Pilar Pereda)
                  Email: Pilar.pereda@md.ieo.es
Lead Organizations:
Spain (Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO); Pilar Pereda; Pilar.pereda@md.ieo.es)
USA (NOAA); Ned Cyr; ned.cyr@noaa.gov
Contributing Organizations:
Argentina (Servicio de Hidrografía Naval (SHN); Manuel Hipólito Picasso; picasso@ara.mil.ar)
Canada ()
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CEOS or IGOS (ESA; Stephan Briggs; Stephan.briggs@esa.int)
IGBP (GLOBEC)
GOOS (Tom Malone; t.malone@ocean.us)
Greece (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research; G. Chronis; Gchronis@ath.hcmr.gr)
Greece (MINAGRIC Ministry of Rural Development and Food; N. Katsaros; adminsecr@elga.gr)
Netherlands (Centre for Geoinformation (CGI), Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR);
Michael Schaepman; michael.schaepman@wur.nl)
Thailand (Department of Fisheries; Phutchapol Suvanachai; gisdof@yahoo.com)
Contributing Users:
GOOS (Tom Malone; t.malone@ocean.us)
Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
         NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
               of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:

Relevant EC Projects:
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                            Agriculture Task AG-06-03
Task Number               Title
AG-06-03                  Utilizing global and regional high-resolution land-cover datasets (e.g.
                          GLOBCOVER) and earlier 1-km resolution land cover data sets (e.g. Global Land
Area                      Cover 2000), implement production of a high-resolution global land-cover change
                          dataset and report. Propose mechanisms for regular analysis and reporting on land
Agriculture               cover change building on current efforts and promulgate the use of these products,
                          especially in developing countries.
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1)     Catalogue existing initiatives currently developing high-resolution global and regional land-cover
datasets.
(2)    Ensure completion of these datasets and begin production of land cover change products based on
comparisons of the GLC2000 dataset and all available new high-resolution datasets.
(3)   Continue to promote LCCS and the associated data tools to national data custodians and the user
community as a means to achieve harmonized land cover data globally.
(4)     Advocate resources to support capacity building activities on the use of the LCCS and data tools to
nations that do not yet have reliable and consistent land cover mapping programmes or products.
(5)     Continue to liaise with nations that have existing, reliable and consistent land cover mapping
programmes to ensure that the custodians of those data maintain the capacity to up-load the data to the LCCS
data tools.
(6)     Develop agreed frameworks and tools for land use mapping land use at the national, regional and
global scales, building on the work in developing the LCCS and data and management tools) (to run through
2006).
Output & Deliverables
Regional high-resolution land-cover change data products
Need to update by lead/POC.
Calendar (incl. milestones)
On-going activity
Q2 2006- Q2 2007 (need to update by lead/POC in coorporation with GEO Secretariat)
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC): GOFC-GOLD;
                Email:
Lead Organizations:
GTOS (GOFC-GOLD)
USA (USGS)
Contributing Organizations:
Australia (CSIRO; Alex Held; Alex.Held@csiro.au)
CEOS (USGS; Lawrence R. Pettinger; lpetting@usgs.gov)
EEA (Jean-Louis Weber; jean-louis.weber@eea.eu.int)
FAO ()
GCOS (TOPC)
Germany (DLR DFD-BI/BN; Erhard Diedrich; Erhard.Diedrich@dlr.de)
Greece (Ministry of Environment and Public Works; N. Manalis; nmanalis@edpp.gr)
Greece (Hellenic Military Geographic Service; P. Tekidis; gys@hol.gr)
GTOS (GOFC-GOLD)
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ISCGM ()
Italy (ENEA; Antonio Bruno Della Rocca; dellarocca@casaccia.enea.it)
Italy (IAO - Overseas Agronomic Institute; Paolo Sarfatti; paolo.sarfatti@iao.florence.it)
Japan (JAXA:Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; Chu ISHIDA; ishida.chu@jaxa.jp)
Japan (AIST:National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology; Eikichi Tsukuda; e-
tsukuda@aist.go.jp)
Japan (NARO:National Agricultural Research Organization; Seishi Ninomiya; snino@affrc.go.jp)
Japan (NIAES: National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences; Toshiaki Imagawa;
imagawa@affrc.go.jp)
Korea (KIGAM: Korean Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources; Saro Lee; leesaro@kigam.re.kr)
Netherlands (ITC; E.M.A. Smaling; smaling@itc.nl)
Netherlands (Centre for Geoinformation (CGI), Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR);
Michael Schaepman; michael.schaepman@wur.nl)
Portugal (Instituto de Meteorología; Adérito Serrão; a.serrao@meteo.pt)
Portugal (INOV; João Costa; joao.costa@inov.pt)
Russia ()
Thailand (Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives; Jatuporn Nonthasiri;
jatuporn_n@hotmail.com)
Thailand (Land Development Department; Panumas Ampas; osm_7@ldd.go.th)
Contributing Users:

Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
          NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
                of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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                                 Annex Task AG-06-03
GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
Portugal
INOV: Information systems analysis and algorithms and tools evaluation, development of new tools.
IM, through the LSA SAF project and GEOLAND, will commit itself with satellite processing outside
EUMETSAT and outside the agencies space connected with meteorology, particularly of ESA. On preparing
products in operational phase, IM needs as much updated land-cover as possible. Since land-cover has
impact on the processed biophysical magnitudes, an analysis of their time evolution may contribute to
identify changed areas.


FAO will collaborate on a number of activities related to this task. FAO through the activities of the Global
Forest Resources Assessment Programme will collaborate on the forestry-related aspects of this task to
ensure a link with Task AG-06-04. The existing network of national correspondent to the global forest
resources assessment will be a useful vehicle for interpreting and validating data and for promoting the use
of these products in developing countries. FAO is a partner of GLOBCOVER and, ín collaboration with the
other partners, can contribute to aspects of this task achievable through the planned GLOBCOVER outcomes
for 2006 (GLOBCOVER partners are UNEP, ESA, JRC/EU). The Global Land Cover Network of FAO
(GLCN) can contribute to land cover and training aspects of this tasks due to its existing role in producing
land cover products and conducting training sessions on the use of such products in developing countries.
Additional resources will be required to achieve all outcomes of the task and will not be completed within
2006.


Germany
Coverage of European MODIS data by DFD


Japan
AIST: Promote the maintenance of the landcover map derived from satellite images of METI development,
by a GeoGRID system
NARO: Provision of a system to virtually integrate distributed weather database that synchronously works
with GeoGRID. Provision of a sensor network technology that synchronously works with GeoGRID
NIAES: Development of data sets and maps of agricultural land use in East Asia using MODIS data
JAXA to consider use of ALOS data.

Relevant EC Projects:
DG-RTD I-4, CARBOEUROPE-IP, Max Planck Zesellschaft zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften E.V.
Muenchen – Germany, Prof. Ernst-Detlef Schulze, dschulze@bgc-jena.mpc.de)
DG-ENTR – GEOLAND, Infoterra GmbH, alexander.kaptein@infoterra-global.com;
DG-RTD I-1, NATURNET-REDIME, Czech Centre for Science and Society Karel Charvat CZ.
DG-RTD I-1, SENSOR, Dr.sc.agr. Katharina Helming, Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research
(ZALF), email: helming@zalf.de, email SENSOR: sensor@zalf.de;
DG-RTD I-4, Dr. Martin K. van Ittersum, Plant Production Systems, Wageningen University, email:
martin.vanittersum@wur.nl, email SEAMLESS: seamless.office@wur.nl
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                                 Agriculture Task AG-06-05
Task Number                   Title
AG-06-05                      Facilitate the implementation of a demonstration project, initiated by THORPEX
Area                          and AMMA, on the use of advanced weather and climate ensemble forecasting
                              methods integrating Earth observations, agricultural data and socio-economic data,
Agriculture                   to develop and improve the predictability of food-supply hazards in Africa.
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1) Coordinate a pilot project to provide early warning of locust infestations in West Africa working with
WMO/AgM (Agricultural Meteorology), THORPEX, AMMA, CARBONAFRICA and national entities in
West Africa and elsewhere.
(2) Advocate funding from donor countries for the ongoing research and operational implementation of an
agricultural early warning system for locust infestations in West Africa and extension of the concept to other
affected regions.
(3) Conduct a workshop in Q2 2007 to promote the exchange of ideas and results between scientists from the
agricultural and geophysical communities on agricultural early warning systems.
Output & Deliverables
Workshop
Demonstration of the potential effectiveness of an operational forecast system for locusts
Calendar (incl. milestones)
3rd Quarter 2006 - 1st Quarter 2008
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC): WMO (C/AGM; M. Sivakumar; with contribution from THORPEX)
                Email: MSivakumar@wmo.int
Lead Organizations:
WMO (AREP/THORPEX)
Contributing Organizations:
CEOS (as part of TIGER project; Diego Fernandez; )
GECAFS (TBC)
ECMWF ()
FAO ()
GTOS (GOFC-GOLD; John Latham; GTOS@fao.org)
USA (USGS)
WMO (C/AGM; M. Sivakumar; MSivakumar@wmo.int; with contribution from THORPEX)
Contributing Users:
AMMA (National entities in West Africa)
Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
           NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
                 of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
ECMWF potential contribution through provision of TIGGE + DEMETER data sets


GTOS, through the activities of TCO, will implement the CARBOAFRICA project, which will contribute to
the integration of the African environmental-agricultural dimension in its social-economic context.


FAO, through the activities of the Environment and Natural Resource Service (SDRN), could provide crop
monitoring and forecast, through a well calibrated procedure using real-time meteorological and remotely
sensed data and other agronomic information as inputs to an agrometeorological model. The task is on-going,
providing also capacity building at national levels of various African countries. Additional funds would be
required for other regions.

Relevant EC Projects:
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                                 Biodiversity Task BI-06-01
Task Number                   Title
BI-06-01                      Ensure participation of the biodiversity community into the Ecosystem Task Force
Area                          (see Task EC-06-02) in order to ensure that the ecosystem classification system
                              developed as part of this task is compatible with biodiversity observational
Biodiversity                  requirements.
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1)     Participate on a task force on terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems to develop a global
operational scheme for ecosystem classification. (See Task EC-06-02).
(2)      In conjunction with the Ecosystems sector, produce a report outlining the recommended
classification scheme.
(3)     Present report at 2007 GEO plenary proposing adoption of the system by GEO members and at a
proposed workshop for biodiversity observation community and the biodiversity information users sector in
2006 (see Task BI-06-02).
Output & Deliverables
Report and proposal for classification scheme
Calendar (incl. milestones)
To July 2007
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
               Email:
Lead Organizations:
USA (USGS); Roger Sayre; rsayre@usgs.gov

Contributing Organizations:
DIVERSITAS International (Norbert Juergens; Norbert.Juergens@t-online.de)
GBIF ()
Greece (Ministry of Environment and Public Works; N. Manalis; nmanalis@edpp.gr)
GTOS ()
Japan (FFPRI:Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; Haruo SAWADA; sawady@ffpri.affrc.go.jp)
Portugal (Cimar - Centre for Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto; Isabel Sousa Pinto;
ispinto@cimar.org)
UNESCO ()
USA ()
Contributing Users:

Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
           NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
                 of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
Portugal
CIMAR: Participation of the Biodiversity community into the Ecosystem task force.
MARBEF: on going
MARBENA: on going
BioPlatform: Finished
SEAWEEDAFRICA: finished
BIOSTRAT: under negotiation
SEABEE: finished
LITORAL NORTE: on going
LIMITS: on going


UNESCO:
UNESCO could cooperate in the development of an observation strategy.
UNESCO can provide technical expertise in the context of the GEOSS Ecosystem Task Force, as a Task
Force member.


Germany
DIVERSITAS INTERNATIONAL asked the German Delegation to mention it here, as DIVERSITAS has
not been given official status as GEO participating organisation, although proposed by GEOSEC as Lead
Organisation for several GEO tasks


Japan
FFPRI: To make up the demands of the research community on biodiversity

Relevant EC Projects:
DG-RTD 1-3, ALTER-net, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Natural Environment Research Council
(CEH NERC, UK)
DG-RTD 1-3, MARBEF, NIOO-KNAW, NL, Carlo Heip: C.Heip@nioo.knaw.nl
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                              Biodiversity Task BI-06-02
Task Number                Title
BI-06-02                   Building on the framework adopted for monitoring biodiversity trends in the UN
                           Convention on Biological Diversity, conduct a series of workshops and meetings
Area                       to (i) define the needs and requirements of the biodiversity information users
                           sector, (ii) delineate available methodologies and (iii) identify the adequacy of
Biodiversity               current and past observational strategies.
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1)     Hold a joint workshop sponsored by GEO, DIVERSITAS, and GBIF for the biodiversity observation
community and the biodiversity information users sector to identify current capabilities and user needs and
requirements.
(2)      Produce an adequacy report derived from this workshop with a series of recommendations for
actions to address gaps and identify priorities.
(3)      Present recommendations to GEO members for endorsement at next GEO plenary
Output & Deliverables
Biodiversity Workshop
Report
Report and recommendations presented to GEO Plenary
Need to update by lead/POC
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Biodiversity Workshop, 2nd Quarter 2006
Report, 4th Quarter 2006
Report and recommendations presented to GEO Plenary, 4th Quarter 2006
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
                Email:
Lead Organizations:
DIVERSITAS International (Norbert Juergens; Norbert.Juergens@t-online.de)
GBIF (Jim Edwards; jedwards@gbif.org)
Contributing Organizations:
EC (JRC; Max Craglia; massimo.craglia@jrc.it)
FAO ()
Germany (GKSS; Carlo van Bernem; bernem@gkss.de)
GTOS ()
IOC (CoML; Ron O'Dor; rodor@coreocean.org)
Italy (APAT-Italian Agency for Environmental Protection and Technical Services, Nature Protection Dept,
Agriculture Service; Francesco Visicchio; francesco.visicchio@apat.it)
Italy (APAT-Italian Agency for Environmental Protection and Technical Services, Nature Protection Dept,
Agriculture Service; Roberto Crosti; roberto.crosti@apat.it)
Italy (APAT-Italian Agency for Environmental Protection and Technical Services, Nature Protection Dept,
Agriculture Service; Vanna Forconi; vanna.forconi@apat.it)
Japan (NARO:National Agricultural Research Organization; Seishi Ninomiya; snino@affrc.go.jp)
Netherlands (ITC; A.K. Skidmore; skidmore@itc.nl)
Portugal (Cimar - Centre for Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto; Isabel Sousa Pinto;
ispinto@cimar.org)
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Thailand (Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation; Director; chahut@dnp.go.th)
UNESCO ()
USA (TBD)
Contributing Users:

Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
         NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
               of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
GTOS, through the GTOS Sec and in coordination with the GTOS Biodiversity activitity, will collaborate in
the development of this task. Additional funds will be required for activities outside of the current proposed
scope of activities for 2006.
Portugal
CIMAR: Participate/organise workshops to define needs and requirements of the Biodiversity information
user section, identify the adequacy of current and past observing strategies.
UNESCO:
UNESCO could contribute through its interests in developing the biodiversity components of GTOS and
IGOS-IGOL.UNESCO and its partners are already in a position of providing information, including in a
compiled manner, on defining biodiversity information.
FAO through the activities of the Global Forest Resources Assessment Programme will collaborate on the
forestry-related aspects of this task. The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 contained a series of
variables related to forest biological diversity and discussions with CBD and partners of the Biodiversity
Indicator Partnership are well advanced for additional indicators to be included in the next global assessment
(FRA 2010). An Expert Consultation is scheduled for June 2006 to plan for FRA 2010 and will include the
identification of information needs as regards forest biological diversity and ways in which to respond to
these needs. FAO, through the Interdepartmental Working Group on Biological Diversity for Food and
Agriculture, will contribute to the 2010 biodiversity target of the UN Convention on Biodiversity. These
tasks will not be completed in 2006 and will be dependent on the acquisition of additional funding.


Germany
DIVERSITAS INTERNATIONAL asked the German Delegation to mention it here, as DIVERSITAS has
not been given official status as GEO participating organisation, although proposed by GEOSEC as Lead
Organisation for several GEO tasks


Japan
NARO: To co-organize a workshop (s) utilizing APAN (Asia Pacific Advanced Network, http://apan.net/)
channel.

Relevant EC Projects:
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                                 Biodiversity Task BI-06-03
Task Number                   Title
BI-06-03
Area                          Initiate the development of a strategic plan for capturing historical biodiversity
                              data from natural history collections and the research community.
Biodiversity
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1) Based on the white paper prepared in 2005, and related information emerging from Task BI-06-01, hold
an international workshop to identify key specimen and observational data that need to be digitized and
develop a plan for funding their digitization. In particular, focus on how these data can be used by the remote
sensing and climate-change modelling communities.
(2) Prepare a prioritized strategic plan for data digitization with 2007 as the target start time for execution.
Include detailed recommendations on appropriate entities to execute all stages of implementation and cost
estimates for execution.
(3) Present strategic plan to GEO for endorsement at next plenary.
Output & Deliverables
Specimen Data Workshop
Strategic plan
Presentation of Strategic Plan to GEO Plenary
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Specimen Data Workshop, 3rd Quarter 2006
Strategic plan, 4th Quarter 2006
Presentation of Strategic Plan to GEO Plenary, 4th Quarter 2006
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
                  Email:
Lead Organizations:
GBIF (Jim Edwards; jedwards@gbif.org)
Contributing Organizations:
Australia (Jim Croft; jim.croft@deh.gov.au)
Germany (DIVERSITAS International; Norbert Juergens; Norbert.Juergens@t-online.de)
IOC (CoML; Ron O'Dor; rodor@coreocean.org)
Japan (NARO:National Agricultural Research Organization; Seishi Ninomiya; snino@affrc.go.jp)
Portugal (Instituto de Investigação Interdisciplinar, University of Coimbra; Fátima Sales; fsales@bot.uc.pt)
USA ()
Contributing Users:

Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
           NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
                 of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
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Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
Portugal
Intstituto de Investigação Interdisciplinar, University of Coimbra - Department of Botany, University of
Coimbra: Contributor: the Herbarium of the Department of Botany of the University of Coimbra (COI)
houses c. 700.000 specimens. It is the largest Portuguese Herbarium. Mission: to curate and expand our
botanical collection and to make available to the wide scientific community and the public in general the
information it contains. Contribution to science: COI supports national and foreign scientists in a total of 86
research institutes, attends to c. 30 visitors per year and collaborate with plant material to the research for
international Floras, check-lists, monographs and thesis AND is investing in the databasing of collections
and the imaging of specimens through on-going projects.


Japan
NARO: Cooperation in designing a data management and sharing system

Relevant EC Projects:
DG-RTD 1-3, EDIT, Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, Simon Tillier: tillier@mnhn.fr
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                              Biodiversity Task BI-06-04
Task Number               Title
BI-06-04                  Initiate the development of a strategic plan for periodic global assessment of status
Area                      and trends for species of merit, taking into account the Millennium Ecosystem
                          Assessment and CBD 2010 targets. Include the remote sensing community in this
Biodiversity              discussion to determine the applicability of remote sensing to this topic.
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1) Identify key organizations with experience in creating national or regional S&T assessment plans.
Dialog with these organizations to determine current level of maturity for assessing status and trends on a
global level. Produce a Strategic Plan for periodic global assessment of status and trends for species of merit.
(2) Utilizing the Strategic Plan, engage GEO Committees to develop recommendations on architecture and
interoperability for data generated under a global effort to assess status and trends of species of merit.
(3) Plan an international workshop for 2007 to bring together interested communities to present structure
and advocate for adoption.
Output & Deliverables
Strategic Plan
Workshop Plan
Calendar (incl. milestones)
Strategic Plan, 4th Quarter 2007
Workshop Plan, 1st Quarter 2007
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
               Email:
Lead Organizations:

Contributing Organizations:
CEOS ()
DIVERSITAS International (Norbert Juergens; Norbert.Juergens@t-online.de)
Germany (MPI-BGC Jena: CarboEurope; Annette Freibauer; afreib@bgc-jena.mpg.de; : Biodiversity
experiments (grasslands, forests))
Germany (GKSS; Carlo van Bernem; bernem@gkss.de; : coastal areas)
GTOS ()
Netherlands (ITC; A.K. Skidmore; skidmore@itc.nl)
Portugal (Cimar - Centre for Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto; Isabel Sousa Pinto;
ispinto@cimar.org)
Spain (Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO); Francisco Sánchez; f.sanchez@st.ieo.es)
UNEP (UNEP/S-CBD)
UNEP (UNEP-WCMC)
USA ()
Contributing Users:

Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none
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Actual Project Costs
         NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
               of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:

Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:
Portugal
Cimar - Centre for Marine and Environmental Research: Participate in the development of a strategic plan
for periodic global assessment status and trends for species of merit (Marine).


Germany
DIVERSITAS INTERNATIONAL asked the German Delegation to mention it here, as DIVERSITAS has
not been given official status as GEO participating organisation, although proposed by GEOSEC as Lead
Organisation for several GEO tasks

Relevant EC Projects:
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                        Data Management Task DA-06-03
Task Number                   Title
DA-06-03                      Facilitate the development of demonstration projects promoting the wider use, in
Area                          other disciplines, of ensemble-based techniques originally developed for weather
                              forecasting.
Data Management
Relevant Committee
STC

Description of the Work to be Performed
(1) Initiate and/or identify one (or more) demonstration-projects:
- Explore which scientific disciplines could apply, and benefit from using, ensemble forecast techniques to
account for uncertainty sources and provide probabilistic predictions for catastrophic events. Hydrology
already has experiments underway (see e.g. Hydrological Ensemble Prediction Experiment - HEPEX).
- Organize and hold a series of bilateral focused working sessions/seminars to initiate an in-depth,
continuous scientific and technical dialogue between the weather/climate modelling community and other
scientific communities – potential users and/or developers of ensemble prediction techniques.


(2) Promote the development of these projects through advocacy for international collaboration at
organization-, government-, and/or agency- level to help connect most relevant entities and communities for
project implementation.
Output & Deliverables
Ensemble-based forecast experiments in disciplines other than weather and climate.
Calendar (incl. milestones)
(1)     Q2 2006 - Q4 2006
(2)-(3) Q2 2006 - Q4 2007
Responsible Entity, Participants
Task Point of Contact (TBC):
                Email:
Lead Organizations:
GEO Secretariat (secretariat@geosec.org)
Greece (General Secretariat for Research and Technology GSRT; I. Tsoukalas; secgenof@gsrt.gr)
Contributing Organizations:
USA ()
WMO (WMO; David Burridge; DBurridge@wmo.int; (THORPEX IPO))
WMO (AREP/THORPEX; Don Hinsman; dhinsman@wmo.int)
WMO (NCEP; Zoltan Toth; zoltan.toth@noaa.gov)
Contributing Users:

Financial Contributions (from GEO Operations Budget)
none

Actual Project Costs
           NOTE: This is intended to report on the actual, consolidated cost of the task. It should contain and estimate
                 of the contributions made to date to this task such as manpower, materials, travel costs, etc.
Current Status:
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Coordination with other tasks of committees:
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GEO Member Potential Contributions Reported to date:

Relevant EC Projects:
EC-RTD: AMMA (CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS) Paris – France
Jan POLCHER, polcher@lmd.jussieu.fr);

								
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