2017 GOFC-GOLD Regional Networks Summit

The Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) Regional Networks Summit will be held during September 13 – 15 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The GOFC-GOLD program, a coordinated effort to improve access by developing country scientists and decision makers to existing earth observation data, increase scientists’ capacity to utilize and produce data needed for research and natural resources management, and foster regional and international networks of scientists interested in remote sensing and natural resources management, is implemented through collaborating networks of data providers, data brokers and data users. GOFC-GOLD Regional Networks enable data providers, scientists and operational users to articulate information requirements and improve their access to and use of Earth observations.

These Networks enable calibration, validation and improvement of methods and algorithms and integration of in-situ and remote sensing observations; are a common arena for users and researchers operating in a specific geographic area; and offer a mechanism for sharing of resources and expertise. They represent a link between national agencies, user groups and the global user/producer community, and NASA LCLUC scientists.

The 2017 GOFC-GOLD Regional Networks Summit will assess past performance of regional networks and discuss their future direction – it will also provide an opportunity for cross-network learning and knowledge sharing. The meeting will be attended by regional network members, GOFC-GOLD Executive Committee members and other partners. The Summit will be preceded by a 2-day kickoff event (Sep 11-12)  for the Caucuses Network, a new addition to existing GOFC-GOLD networks in the region.

With support from NASA under the GOFC-GOLD program, START is organizing the Summit bringing together regional network leaders, GOFC-GOLD Executive Committee members and other partners involved in Earth observations research and capacity building. Participants will discuss the state of GOFC-GOLD regional networks, and will share knowledge and best practices in network self-governing and ensuring their financial and operational sustainability.

This invitational Summit is being organized in collaboration with the Agricultural University of Georgia and is funded by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Venue: Agricultural University of Georgia, main building, II flour, large conference hall,

Address: 240, David Aghmashenebeli Alley, 0159, Tbilisi, Georgia

We have blocked rooms at MERCURE Tbilisi Old Town and IBIS Styles Tbilisi and encourage all participants to stay in these hotels. For self-funding participants, additional hotel options include the following:

The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi https://www.millenniumhotels.com/

Tbilisi Marriott Hotels http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tbsmc-tbilisi-marriott-hotel/

Radisson Blu Iveria https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-tbilisi

The workshop is by invitation only. More information, including summit agenda, will be available soon.

For further information, please contact Senay Habtezion shabtezion@start.org