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Published: July 15, 2011

Earth observation carbon strategy launched

News |
Over 130 governments and leading international organizations are working to establish a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) by the year 2015. The Global Earth Observation (GEO) Carbon Community of Practice is developing a plan for implementing an Integrated Global Carbon Observation System. The Earth Observation Carbon Strategy published recently outlines the vision and progress to date towards such a system.

    Executive Summary
    1. Human perturbation of the carbon cycle: the current state
    2. Rationale for an Integrated Global Carbon Observing System
    3. Vision and Elements of IGCO
    4. Towards an Integrated Global Carbon Observing System
    5. Future Requirements
    6. Data Management and Processing
    7. Integration: Bringing the Whole System Together
    8. Implementation timetable for IGCO
    9. Bibliography
    10. Important acronyms

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