Global Observation of Forest Cover and Land Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD)

Although remote-sensing earth observation data are readily available to scientists and other users in developed countries, access remains a primary challenge for developing country scientists, practitioners, and decision makers who need it to manage natural resources and develop coping strategies to reduce vulnerability to change. Through its partnership with the Global Observations of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFCGOLD) project, START contributes to a coordinated effort to improve developing country access to existing data, increase scientists’ capacity to utilize and produce the data needed for research and resource management, and foster regional and international networks of scientists interested in forest cover and land dynamics.

START plays a major role in Fellowships to support periodic GOFC-GOLD Data Initiative and Advanced Training Institutes. During May 2012, START supported a month-long training that brought eight remote-sensing scientists from developing countries to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD. EROS is the global leader in the distribution and application of earth observation data, especially Landsat data. While in residence at EROS, Fellows were provided with access to USGS data archives and received training for writing grant proposals. Fellows then traveled to Boston University for an intensive course on the application of satellite remote- sensing data for monitoring forest and land cover change, including its potential for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).

START promotes the participation of international scientists in the activities of 11 GOFCGOLD Regional Networks and the GOFC-GOLD Implementation Teams that target land use and land cover change issues related to forestry, fire disturbance, agriculture, and carbon cycles. GOFC-GOLD Regional Workshops generate recommendations for data import and implementation to meet priority regional needs. Many such workshops offer targeted training for participants while also exposing them to larger communities of scientists.

1. South-Central European Regional International Network (SCERIN)
2. Northern Eurasia Regional International Network (NERIN)
3. Baltic-Arctic Regional International Network (BARIN)
4. Red Latinoamericana de Teledeteccion e Incendios Forestales (RedLaTIF)
5. Southern African Fire Network (SAFNET)
6. Miombo (Southern Africa) Land Use Land Change Network (Miombo)
7. Western Africa Regional Network (WARN)
8. Observatoire Satellital des Forets d’Afrique Central (OSFAC)
9. Southeast Asia Regional Research and Information Network (SEARRIN)
10. Central Asia Regional Information Network (CARIN)
11. South Asia Regional Information Network (SARIN)

The GOFC-GOLD project is funded by a grant from NASA. It is managed by the International START Secretariat, in partnership with USGS/EROS, Boston University, the University of Maryland and others, in cooperation with the GOFC-GOLD Project Office and its Regional Networks.

For more information, please contact Charles Kauffman,

Regional Network Meetings

During 2012 and 2013, START supported nine GOFC-GOLD Regional Meetings and Training Sessions:

Workshop on Land Use and Water Resources in Central Asia
Central Asia Regional Information Network (CARIN)
October 2013
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Meeting Report

Trans-Atlantic Training on LCLUC-related Topics
South-Central European Regional International Network (SCERIN)
17-21 June 2013
Charles University
Prague, Czech Republic

Inventory, Modeling and Climate Impacts of GHGs and Aerosols in the Asian region
Southeast Asia Regional Research and Information Network (SEARRIN)
26-28 June 2013
National Institute of Environmental Studies
Tsukuba, Japan

Building a scientific platform to address land use and land cover changes in the Miombo woodlands of southern Africa
Miombo (Southern Africa) Land Use Land Change Network (Miombo Network)
23-25 July 2013
Eduardo Mondlane University
Maputo, Mozambique

GOFC-GOLD Symposium with Land Cover and Fire Implementation Team Meetings
15-19 April 2013
Wageningen, The Netherlands

Southern African Fire Network (SAFNet) Workshop
5-7 February 2013
Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI)
Morogoro, Tanzania

LCLUC Science Team Meeting
6-14 January 2013
Karunya University
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

RedLATIF Workshop
29-30 October 2012
Santiago, Chile

Workshop on Baikal
24 June – 2 July 2012
Irkutsk, Russia

Volga workshop
17-22 June 2012
Yoshkar-Ola, Russia

SCERIN Formulation Workshop
17 April 2012
Sofia, Bulgaria

GOFC-GOLD Data Initative and Advanced Training
30 April – 25 May 2012
Sioux Falls, SD and Boston, MA; US

Land Cover Implementation Team Meeting
9-12 January 2012
Boston, US

Last Updated on April 17th, 2014