|Abstract||CEOS, the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, has recognized the need for a coordinated approach to providing global data sets. One important need is for coordinated global observation of forest
cover to address global concerns, particularly about biodiversity, land cover degradation, and greenhouse gas buildup in the earth's atmosphere. |
As a result, Global Observation of Forest Cover (GOFC) has become one of six prototype projects
within the CEOS Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS). GOFC has established a network of participating organizations which, at present, are making voluntary contributions to the effort of planning a response to the need.
GOFC will propose
means to produce specific products to address specific user requirements, assemble the networks of facilities to produce these products, and begin to produce them on a pilot-project basis, with plans for ultimate transition to operational production.
This paper discusses the requirements, the strategy to satisfy the requirements, technical and non-technical obstacles which must be overcome, and suggest ways in which other organizations may become involved.