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13-17 October 2008, at Jena University, Germany


From 3-17 October 2008, the 3rd GOFC-GOLD symposium was successfully held in Jena, Germany. More than 100 participants from 31 countries attended the meeting. The meeting was a continuation of international meetings of the GOFC-GOLD land cover project office at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 2004 and 2006. It comprises seven individual workshops reflecting the various activities of the Land Cover Implementation Team. The agenda overview is shown below. Reports for the different workshops are currently in preparation and will be published as part of the GOFC-GOLD Report Series.

Participants at Land Cover IT Meeting, Wednesday 15 October at Dornburg Castle

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The objectives include:
  1. Present and assess GOFC-GOLD progress in various areas and activities,
  2. Review the overall GOFC-GOLD strategy and defined future priorities and areas of activity including interactions with political and policy processes,
  3. Engage the global community of forest and land cover monitoring experts to develop technical consensus in critical areas such as:
    • Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD)
    • Boreal forest monitoring
    • Development of standards and reporting guidelines
    • Assessment and validation of forest and land cover change
    • Linking global and regional land mapping and monitoring initiatives
  4. Formulate action plan for the land cover team and its partners.

Agenda overview

NOTE : With permissions of the speakers, the presentations are available as pdf, accessible via the links in the agenda overview.

Day Event
13 October
Morning Workshop on Monitoring Tropical Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)
Workshop on Boreal and Temperate Forest Monitoring
14 October
Morning GOFC-GOLD/CEOS Workshop on Land Cover Change Accuracy Assessment GOFC-GOLD Regional Networks Meeting
Afternoon GOFC-GOLD Strategy Meeting
Evening Dinner at Planetarium/Bauersfeld
15 October
Morning Land Cover Symposium
Evening Dinner at Dornburg Castle
16 October
Morning Land Cover Symposium - Break out group discussions
Afternoon GOFC-GOLD Science and Technical Board plenary: strategic review conclusion
Evening Dinner at Botanical Garden
17 October
Morning LCCS and harmonization workshop
Afternoon Land Cover Implementation Team Meeting conclusions and action plan (internal)

Organizing Committee

Christiane Schmullius, Land Cover IT Co-Chair, c.schmullius@uni-jena.de
Curtis Woodcock, Land Cover IT Co-Chair, curtis@crsa.bu.edu

Martin Herold, Land Cover Project Office Jena, m.h@uni-jena.de
Jacqueline Sambale, Land Cover Project Office Jena, c6saja@uni-jena.de

Michael Brady, GOFC-GOLD Project Office Edmonton, MBrady@NRCan.gc.ca
Erin Naydenov, GOFC-GOLD Project Office Edmonton, ENaydeno@NRCan.gc.ca