The Coastal Information System (CIS), aims at
improving the quality and coverage of coastal data,
and integrating them in ways that help to analyze and
understand global environmental change and its
When was CIS established?
CIS was established in January 2002 by the Center for
Coastal and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) in the Hong
Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
They are responsible for the overall programme
development and implementation.
How does CIS operate?
The programme is currently hosted by the CCAR in Hong
Kong - SAR, which provides a secretariat and some
programme support. A steering committee composed of
internationally recognized experts advises on
programme priorities and activities and maintains
oversight of expert panels and project activities.
What topics does CIS cover?
The CIS topics are associated with the major aspects
global environmental change in coastal systems and
were identified by a planning group of experts during
the formation of CIS. The five areas are: Water
quality, Freshwater resources, Biodiversity,
Temperature change, and Pollution and toxicity.
What resources does CIS have
to which I may have access?
CIS allows users to access information on sites
carrying out coastal research. CIS also has
information sheets, some global maps, documents,
contact lists, research project initiatives, etc. CIS
can help direct users towards sources of terrestrial
data and has a small central budget to facilitate
activities that may have significant impacts at the
regional or global levels.
In what regions is CIS presently working?
Although CIS is a global programme, the data it uses
depends largely on national and site-level efforts. At
present CIS has completed data collection (between
1997 and 2001) in the Pearl River Estuary.
kinds of projects does CIS undertake?
CIS is currently implementing projects on Biodiversity
Management in the China South Sea.
Do I have to pay for data and
information made available by CIS?
No, there is no cost or need to register for access to
CIS data but they may supply information on data
holders that charge for data availability.
Can I send information to CIS?
Yes. We would be pleased to receive information that
is relevant to a CIS project or if you wish to
participate in a project. Please feel free to contact
the CIS secretariat.
How do I get updates on recent
developments in CIS?
You can register to receive periodic updates on
activities in the CIS information note.
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