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Digital Earth and Big Earth Data

20th Anniversary of the International Symposium on Digital Earth

Enjoy FREE ACCESS to the below articles via this page until 31 July 2020

Digital Earth is a global initiative aimed at harnessing the world’s data and information resources to quantitatively analyze and represent our planet, and is a virtual representation of the Earth used for monitoring, measuring and forecasting natural and human activities on the Earth. Digital Earth makes use of digital technologies to model Earth systems and is envisaged as a common platform for supporting national and international cooperation for global sustainable development, and as a newly developing point of economic growth and social well-being. As an official publication of the International Society for Digital Earth, the International Journal of Digital Earth aims to focus on the theories, technologies, applications, and societal implications related to Digital Earth and on the visionary concepts that will realize a modeled virtual world.

This virtual special issue entitled “Digital Earth and Big Earth Data” is dedicated to the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the International Symposium on Digital Earth. Thirty papers originally published in the period from 2008 inaugural issue to the 2019 latest issue of the International Journal of Digital Earth have been selected in this collection. These papers range from the Digital Earth concept, technologies and applications to the big Earth data research. It is hoped that this special issue will encourage discussion on the new vision of Digital Earth in the light of recent technological progress, and attract more paper submissions to the journal to advance the development of Digital Earth.  

Title Author
From Digital Earth to big Earth data: accelerating scientific discovery and supporting global sustainable development Huadong Guo
Big Earth data: disruptive changes in Earth observation data management and analysis? Martin Sudmanns, Dirk Tiede, Stefan Lang, Helena Bergstedt, Georg Trost, Hannah Augustin, Andrea Baraldi & Thomas Blaschke
The Digital Belt and Road program in support of regional sustainability Huadong Guo, Jie Liu, Yubao Qiu, Massimo Menenti, Fang Chen, Paul F. Uhlir, Li Zhang, John van Genderen, Dong Liang, Ishwaran Natarajan, Lanwei Zhu & Jiuliang Liu
Challenges and strategies for the visual exploration of complex environmental data Carolin Helbig, Doris Dransch, Michael Böttinger, Colin Devey, Antonie Haas, Mario Hlawitschka, Claudia Kuenzer, Karsten Rink, Christian Schäfer-Neth, Gerik Scheuermann, Tom Kwasnitschka & Andrea Unger
Big Earth Data: a new challenge and opportunity for Digital Earth’s development Huadong Guo, Zhen Liu, Hao Jiang, Changlin Wang, Jie Liu & Dong Liang
Where are we now? Re-visiting the Digital Earth through human-centered virtual and augmented reality geovisualization environments Arzu Çöltekin, Danielle Oprean, Jan Oliver Wallgrün & Alexander Klippel
Rapid, high-resolution detection of environmental change over continental scales from satellite data – the Earth Observation Data Cube Adam Lewis, Leo Lymburner, Matthew B. J. Purss et al.
Toward optimizing the design of virtual environments for route learning: empirically assessing the effects of changing levels of realism on memory Ismini E. Lokka & Arzu Çöltekin
Big Data and cloud computing: innovation opportunities and challenges Chaowei Yang, Qunying Huang, Zhenlong Li, Kai Liu & Fei Hu
Big Data Analytics for Earth Sciences: the EarthServer approach Peter Baumann, Paolo Mazzetti, Joachim Ungar, Roberto Barbera et al.
Free and open source software for geospatial applications (FOSS4G) to support Future Earth Maria Antonia Brovelli, Marco Minghini, Rafael Moreno-Sanchez & Ricardo Oliveira
The global climate monitor system: from climate data-handling to knowledge dissemination Juan Mariano Camarillo-Naranjo, José Ignacio Álvarez-Francoso, Natalia Limones-Rodríguez, María Fernanda Pita-López & Mónica Aguilar-Alba
Digital Earth's Nervous System for crisis events: real-time Sensor Web Enablement of Volunteered Geographic Information Bertrand De Longueville,Alessandro Annoni, Sven Schade, Nicole Ostlaender & Ceri Whitmore
Advancing Digital Earth: beyond the next generation Manfred Ehlers, Peter Woodgate, Alessandro Annoni & Sven Schade
Digital Earth 2020: towards the vision for the next decade Max Craglia , Kees de Bie , Davina Jackson et al.
Sensors, empowerment, and accountability: a Digital Earth view from East Africa Yola Georgiadou, Benson Bana, Robert Becht, et al.
Crowdsourcing geographic information for disaster response: a research frontier Michael F. Goodchild & J. Alan Glennon
Global characterization and monitoring of forest cover using Landsat data: opportunities and challenges John R. Townshend , Jeffrey G. Masek , Chengquan Huang et al.
Putting meaning into NETMAR – the open service network for marine environmental data Adam M. Leadbetter, Roy K. Lowry & D. Oliver Clements
A long-term Global LAnd Surface Satellite (GLASS) data-set for environmental studies Shunlin Liang, Xiang Zhao, Suhong Liu, Wenping Yuan et al.
Spatial cloud computing: how can the geospatial sciences use and help shape cloud computing? Chaowei Yang , Michael Goodchild , Qunying Huang et al.
Scientific geodata infrastructures: challenges, approaches and directions Lars Bernard, Stephan Mäs, Matthias Müller, Christin Henzen & Johannes Brauner
The framework of a geospatial semantic web-based spatial decision support system for Digital Earth Chuanrong Zhang , Tian Zhao & Weidong Li
Enabling interoperability for Digital Earth: Earth Science coverage access services S. Nativi & B. Domenico
Distributed geospatial information processing: sharing distributed geospatial resources to support Digital Earth Chaowei Yang, Wenwen Li, Jibo Xie & Bin Zhou
Semantic analysis and retrieval of spatial data based on the uncertain ontology model in Digital Earth Shengtao Sun, Lizhe Wang, Rajiv Ranjan
Remote sensing image fusion: an update in the context of Digital Earth Christine Pohl & John van Genderen
A digital earth prototype system: DEPS/CAS H. Guo , X. Fan & C. Wang
The use cases of digital earth M.F. Goodchild
Digital Earth in support of global change research C.Shupeng & J. van Genderen

International Journal of Digital Earth (IJDE)

Digital Earth is a virtual representation of the planet, encompassing all its systems and forms, both natural environment and human societies, manifested as a multi-dimensional, multi-scale, multi-temporal, and multi-layer information facility. Digital Earth is the framework for geographically linked research and applications in the physical and social domains of the Earth, a digital modeling platform to monitor, measure, and forecast natural and human activity on the planet, and a visualization of the world. It is three-dimensional, four-dimensional if a temporal monitoring component is added, and even five-dimensional if scale is treated as a variable instead of a set of discrete steps. As a global initiative, Digital Earth aims to improve social conditions, protect the environment, and support future sustainable development.
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IJDE's sister journal: Big Earth Data

Big Earth Data is an interdisciplinary Open Access journal. It aims to provide an efficient and high quality platform for promoting ‘big data’ sharing, processing and analyses, thereby revolutionising the cognition of the Earth’s systems. The journal primarily features the fundamentals of ‘big Earth data’ handling, as well as the channels and technologies used for ‘big Earth data’ collection, management, analysis and visualisation. To showcase the benefits of data-driven research, submissions on the applications of 'big Earth data' in exploring the Earth's history and its future evolution are highly encouraged.

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11th International Symposium on Digital Earth

Theme of this year’s conference: Digital Earth in a Transformed Society
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