The authors have benefited from numerous discussions with and materials
provided by representatives of international government agencies, industry,
academia, and non-governmental organizations. The authors thank these many
different people from around the world, including: Minoru Akiyama, Jacob
Gyamfi-Aidoo, Santiago Borrero, Leandro V. Buendia, S. Chacowry, Denis
Chagnon, Michael Coughlan, Michael Crowe, Roland Fuchs, Peter Holland, Dora
Ines Rey, Sachiko Ishizaka, Glenn Johnstone, John Kelmelis, Karen Kline, Yang
Kai, Jean-Philippe Lagrange, Robert Landis, Neil Leary, Karen Levoleger, Ian
Masser, John Moeller, Evans Mukolwe, Hiroshi Murakami, Alan Stevens, Alan
Thomas, Hassan Virji, Wendy White, and Martin Yerg. We also thank Kate
Lance and Bruce McKenzie for their detailed reviews of the document, and
David Adamson for his editorial help. A special thanks goes to the FGDC for its
funding of this study, and the Geographical Survey Institute of Japan for
contributing financial support to this study.
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