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  • AFRICOVER
    AfriCover develops a digital georeferenced data base on land cover and baseline geographic data for the whole of Africa. Collaboration with national and sub-regional institutions ensures an operational approach and the sustainability of the initiative. Data from completed countries are freely available and accessible on the WWW.
  • GLCN
    The Global Land Cover Network (GLCN) initiative (a follow-up to ARTEMIS) has been jointly launched by FAO and UNEP. This global alliance for standard multi-purpose land cover data production is based on methodologies and software developed during the AfriCover project.
  • GIS
    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer based cartographic database and a spatial analysis tool. It is a corporate multidisciplinary database covering mostly environmental and socio-economic maps, such as soil and water resources, agro-ecological zones, crop and livestock production systems, land use/land-cover, climate, population density, nutrition, infrastructure, hydrography, digital elevation models and other topographic and base maps.
  • TEMS
    TEMS, Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring Sites, is an international web-based directory of sites and networks that carry out long-term terrestrial monitoring and research activities ON GLOBAL CHANGE IMPACT. The database provides information on the "who, what and where" that can be useful to both the scientific community and policy-makers. Particular emphasis is placed on access, harmonization, standardization, and quality of long-term terrestrial metadata and data.
  • ARTEMIS
    Satellite-based near-real-time monitoring information system serving the environmental information requirements of global, regional and national food security early warning systems and desert locust monitoring and forecasting.
  • GeoNetwork
    Spatial information management capacity designed to harmonize and improve access to FAO spatial data and information as well as interoperability with other partners and stakeholders through standardized metadata catalogues and web mapping services.
  • FAOCLIM
    FAOCLIM is the agroclimatic database of FAO. It contains monthly climatic reference data for 28100 stations and for up to 14 observed and computed agroclimatic parameters. It includes both long-term averages (1961-90) mostly used for planning and time series for rainfall and temperatures used in risk assessments. Several tools are based on FAOCLIM, in particular LocCLim that is used for estimating climatic conditions for any location on land. LocClim exists also in web version.
  • AgroClim
    AgroClim is a database of Agroclimatic documents held in SDRN. The database contains about 10000 climatic and agroclimatic monographs accessible through a detailed system of keywords. It runs under CDS/ISIS, a menu-driven generalized Information Storage and Retrieval system designed by UNESCO specifically for the computerized management of structured non-numerical data bases. The system is fully compatible with the main library of FAO.

 
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