The Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring Sites (TEMS) Database was originally developed by the Global Environment Monitoring System Programme Activity Centre (GEMS/PAC) of UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya. TEMS is an international directory of meta-data about monitoring stations and their activities; it is not a compilation of raw data. The objective of the database is to document existing long-term monitoring sites which may be suitable for inclusion in the GTOS network once this is established. The work started by UNEP on the TEMS database is now being continued at WSL in full collaboration with UNEP. In addition to its function for GTOS the database is being utilized and futher developed in close cooperation with the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS).
Last Update: 30.06.1998/nk/jw