The GOFC-Gold IT meeting will be held in October 2019, in Rome, Italy. Alongside this meeting, global satellite monitoring experts will meet to discuss the role of satellite technology in the monitoring and verification of emissions from Indigenous Fire Management.
Global Observation for Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC–GOLD) is a coordinated international program working to provide ongoing space-based and in situ observations of the land surface to support sustainable management of terrestrial resources at different scales. The GOFC–GOLD program acts as an international forum to exchange information, coordinate satellite observations, and provide a framework for and advocacy to establish long-term monitoring systems. It was established as a part of a Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) pilot project in 1997, with a focus on global observations of forest cover. Since then, the program has expanded to include two Implementation Teams: Land Cover Characteristics and Change, and Fire Mapping and Monitoring. In addition, two working groups—Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), and Biomass Monitoring—were also formed. GOFC– GOLD activities are guided by an executive committee, primarily with support from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).