GOFC-GOLD - Global Observation of Forest Cover and Land Dynamics


Program Description: Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) is a coordinated international effort working to provide ongoing space-based and in-situ observations of forests and other vegetation cover, for the sustainable management of terrestrial resources and to obtain an accurate, reliable, quantitative understanding of the terrestrial carbon budget.

Organization Description: Potential users of GOFC-GOLD products include global change researchers, international agencies, national governments, non-governmental organizations, and international treaties and conventions (such as the Framework Convention on Climate Change).

Data Description: GOFC-GOLD is working to accomplish its objectives by: -Providing a forum for users of satellite data to discuss their needs and for producers to respond through improvements to their programs; - Providing regional and global datasets containing information on: * Location of different forest types; * Major changes in forest cover; * Biological functioning of forests (this will help quantify the contribution forests make as absorbers and emitters of greenhouse gases). - Promoting globally consistent data processing and interpretation methods; - Promoting international networks for data access, data sharing, and international collaboration; -Stimulating the production of improved products Three prototype interfaces provide access to catalogs of information of various kinds. They also demonstrate how tools for data discovery, visualization and access can be implemented to provide interoperable access across multiple systems in the search and retrieval of data and/or metadata.

Project Type: Collaboration

Project Domains: Environmental Research and Education

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