of near-real-time information on the
of the planetary environment
The satellite Earth Probe TOMS provides daily
imagery of smoke and dust in the atmosphere around the planet at http://toms.gsfc.nasa.gov/aerosols/today_aero.html,
including current aerosol hot spots.
The Global Fire Monitoring Centre
provides access to near-real-time reports on the status of forest and wildfires
around the world at http://www.uni-freiburg.de/fireglobe/
GRID-Geneva also provides Global Forest
and other Wildfires Status Reports every day at: http://www.grid.unep.ch/activities/earlywarning/fires/
The Joint WMO/IOC Technical Commission
for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology: JCOMM (formerly Integrated Global
Ocean Services System - IGOSS) Electronic Products Bulletin at http://iri.ldeo.columbia.edu/climate/monitoring/ipb/
provides interactive graphical viewing of several global oceanographic
data sets, including sea surface temperature and precipitation anomalies
that show El Niño and related phenomena.
A near-real-time chart of unusually
warm sea surface temperatures associated with coral bleaching is available
from US NOAA at http://psbsgi1.nesdis.noaa.gov:8080/PSB/EPS/SST/climo&hot.html
more observation programmes become operational and are linked to rapid
mechanisms for quality control and analysis, the near-real-time presentation
of data on the state of the environment for decision-making will increase.
Earthwatch is helping to catalyze the integration of these flows of information
into a coherent global environmental information system.