GCTE Erosion Network, and its constituent projects, has been
accepted by the GCTE Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) as
contributing to the GCTE Core Research Programme. GCTE Core
Research is defined as large-scale, integrative research that
is global in scope and significance. The projects within the
GCTE Core Research Programme specifically meet GCTE objectives,
as set out in the GCTE Operational Plan (IGBP Report No. 21),
and come from two sources: (i) initiation directly by the
SSC; and (ii) projects, or components thereof, accepted by
the SSC which contribute directly to the Operational Plan,
and which form a part of a formal GCTE structure (network,
participation in the Network, and hence as a contributor to
the GCTE Core Research Programme, brings several advantages,
together with some obligations on the part of the member.
facilitates the planning of research projects addressing
aspects of global change and terrestrial ecosystems by providing
a soundly-based intellectual and organizational framework
for research, with overall aims, approach and implementation
developed and endorsed by the international science community.
adds to the scientific value of individual experimental,
observational and modelling studies and assists in their
interpretation by organising networks and consortia which,
for example widen the range of observational studies and
extend their temporal and spatial coverage, promote common
methodologies and protocols, and provide data sets for model
validation and intercomparison.
promotes the rapid communication of scientific ideas and
results through meetings and publications, and by facilitating
disciplinary and interdisciplinary liaison at the international
level between individuals and research groups.
provides assistance to contributing projects in obtaining
funds from national and international sources by writing
letters of support and lobbying, where appropriate.
assists in the cost-effective deployment of major capital
equipment and facilitates such as FACE by providing the
scientific framework for their phased deployment and assisting
in their collaborative use.
encourages the full involvement of developing countries
through GCTE participation in the START regional research
promotes close working links with other relevant international
programmes and studies, particularly those of IGBP, IHDP,
WCRP, ICSU, SCOPE, IUBS and the CGIAR.
promote the concepts of GCTE and IGBP science, and the results
obtained from the GCTE Core Research Programme, to ensure
their wider recognition among the international research
and policy communities.
in the GCTE Core Research Programme requires a commitment
participate in the relevant GCTE Task(s) for which the project
was accepted through activities such as implementation and
synthesis workshops, model intercomparisons, and joint observational
carry out the project in accordance with the relevant aspects
of the GCTE Operational Plan (IGBP Report No.21) using agreed
methods and protocols wherever possible.
make data and models available to the wider GCTE community,
in accordance with protocols for data and model exchange
developed by GCTE networks and consortia, and with due regard
to publication "rights".
keep the GCTE Core Project Office informed on an annual
basis of (i) major changes to the project objectives, description,
and participating research organisation changes in the annual
budget and the major funding agencies; and (ii) changes
to the number of scientific and technical staff working
on the project, and provide the Core Project Office with
a list of publications arising from the project.
acknowledge participation in the GCTE Core Research Programme
in publications arising from the project by inserting in
the Acknowledgements the sentence "This work contributes
to the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) Core
Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme