Blog / Stefano Nativi & Changlin WANG / November 8, 2018
Digital Earth - the virtual representation of our planet - is a multidisciplinary and collaborative effort that engages different sciences (e.g. Earth, space, information, and human sciences) to monitor and forecast natural and human phenomena.
Since the concept of Digital Earth was presented in 1998 , the state of Digital Earth science and technology has thrived and provided prosperous growth in key areas . Digital Earth has been at the cutting edge of developments in Earth science, information science, and space science and technology.
Today, after 20 years, the wave of Big Data has transformed society, enabling the understanding and use of Digital Earth through new and powerful technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. The present digital revolution can be seen as a renaissance for the Digital Earth, which has a significant role in:
The contribution of Digital Earth to the digital transformation of our society and the opportunities raised by this revolution for Digital Earth science are the themes of the 11th International Symposium on Digital Earth, which will be held in Florence, Italy, from 24-27 September 2019. The Symposium is organized by the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), and is the first global event focusing on this important cultural and technological evolution.
The Symposium programme considers interdisciplinary broad topics, to overcome the traditional disciplinary divisions and improve the experience for attendees. These topics include:
Joint sessions will be launched with partner organizations (IEEE GRSS, OGC, ICSU and others) and community programmes on relevant themes of common interest. We warmly welcome colleagues from the GEO community to propose and organize special sessions at the Symposium.
A special session will be held to discuss the future of ISDE and the key challenges to be addressed by the Digital Earth community. Finally, a special session will celebrate the 20 years of the ISDE Symposium, which was initiated in Beijing in 1999.
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