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GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office

Co-ordination and promotion of all activities related of GOFC-GOLD framework within GOFC-GOLD teams and regional network, support the European Space Agency on related projects and services

Project References
 Title GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme International Conventions
 Cost €800k
 Type Project Office
 Status In progress (2004-2012)
Project 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.

The role of GOFC GOLD is to establish the link between space agencies, science community and the users of earth observation data and data products. The primary function of the Land Cover Implementation Team (LC-IT) is to develop and evaluate methods; tools and products for land cover measurements and monitoring using space-borne and in-situ observations. The LC-IT assesses current needs and deficiencies for global and regional monitoring to support Global Change research, national and regional forest inventories and international policy. The team cooperates closely with other GOFC-GOLD implementation teams and regional networks worldwide.

Within this framework, the ESA GOFC GOLD Project Office helps to strengthen the GOFC-GOLD framework, to coordinate, promote and fulfil the GOFC Land Cover implementation plan, and to support the European Space Agency and related projects and services.

The ESA LC-IT office is led by Prof. Christiane Schmullius, the Co-chair of the GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Implementation Team (LC-IT) jointly with David Skole from the Michigan State University. The Project Office was located at the Department of Geoinformatics of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany and is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA).

 Results 2004 Annual Report
2005 Annual Report
2006 Annual Report
2007 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report
GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project - Publications List
GOFC-GOLD Report Series
IGOL Report Series
Land Cover Legend LCCS Translation Report
Newsletters 1-18 (Jan 2004 til Dec 2008)
REDD Forest Monitoring National Capacity Assessment Report
REDD Technical Sourcebook
Summary Report for 2004-2009
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor University of Jena : Department of Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing, Jena University
User Partnership
 Users International Forest Cover and Land Dynamic users : GOFC-GOLD
Contact Points
 Project Manager Christiane Schmullius, Prof. Dr.
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Institute of Geography - Department of Geoinformatics
Löbdergraben 32
07743 Jena
Tel.: +49 (0) 3641 94 88 80
Fax: +49 (0) 3641 94 88 82

PD Dr. Martin Herold
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Institute of Geography
Löbdergraben 32
07743 Jena
Tel.: +49 (0)
 Technical Officer Dr Olivier Arino
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei C.P.94
I-00044 Frascati (RM)
Tel: +39 06-941.80564
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
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