|| The workshop recognized that a number of Themes are now
mature or nearing approval. Oceans, Water Cycle, Geohazards,
Carbon, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Coastal Themes may all be
approved by June 2004. It is recommended that these forms serve
as major input for implementation of the first phase of GEO.
||IGOS has demonstrated the importance of a step-wise approach
to implementation. It is recommended that GEO adopt the same
approach, including existing IGOS Themes.
||It is recognized that both the GEO and IGOS-P communities
recognize the value of the GEO process in securing necessary
support for all elements of the IGOS Themes – both satellite
and in-situ observing systems, modeling, communications etc.
Further steps should be taken to make the necessary linkages
between the two frameworks – including incorporation of
the IGOS Themes into the GEO Implementation Plan.
||GEO should urge its member governments and international organizations
to facilitate data integration and access to data and to promote data exchange
|| Greater emphasis should be given to ‘capacity building’ in
the definition and implementation of IGOS Themes.
||The workshop recognized a common need of many of the IGOS
Themes to better define their implementation plans, including:
a clear statement of the institutional framework, responsibilities
and leadership; main data products and services; and user groups.
||The Themes need to ensure that their quoted requirements
represent the needs of the proposed user communities. It is recommended
that each Theme considers one or more technical workshops to
define their implementation plans and to achieve community ownership.
|| The success of the workshop demonstrated the need for IGOS-P
to further develop its public profile. Suitable profile-raising
outreach activities should be undertaken.
|| For each IGOS-P Theme, key issues and gaps identified in
spliter sessions should be considered for either developing,
implementing the Theme report.