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Australian Earth Observation Group launches new site


The Australian Earth Observation Coordination Group is pleased to announce the official launch of its new website, located at

This group has been formed to enable all of the people who collect and use earth observation data to have a forum to present and discuss their activities and define their needs for support from industry, academia and government.

This group is meant to span all disciplines, and provide an inclusive and collaborative resource to improve access to and use of earth observation data for Australia.

To get things started you are invited to:

  • visit the AEOCG website for more information about the group and planned activities,
  • take part in a national short-form survey on EOS data use and priority needs. Click here to take the survey.  Survey results will be used to inform the first AEOCG Whole of Community Meeting which will be held on 19 April 2013 by live webinar.

Feedback and questions on the new site are invited at



Josef Strobl and Digital Earth education

As first published at the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) Website

“Real world and virtual word are related together generating information by location”, talked by  Josef Strobl during the Digital Earth forum organized by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the International Society for Digital Earth in Beijing, 21th Jan. 2013.


“The overall concept of digital earth is generally understood as being inclusive, reaching out to citizens, facilitating participation, and providing interfaces between the real world, its virtual representations, and people. ” he said. “Geo-media” and “spatial citizens” are main characteristics which are changing the way of information generating for digital earth. It is considered the visualization of information from different media source is concerned with digital content based on geographic attribute in terms of place, position and location etc. Digital Earth education can provide handy geospatial courses and leaning for more understanding and involvement in the new digital world.

Prof. Dr. Josef Strobl, life individual member of the ISDE, academician of Austrian Academy of Sciences, head of the interfaculty department of geoinformatics of the University of Salzburg, undertakes coordinating institution of the EU Digital Earth education network. The project, under the umbrella of EU Digital Agenda 2020, examines the use of geographic media in schools and teacher education.


Report “from spatial literacy to spatial thinking

Source: ISDE Website

Announcing the official start of MPE2013 – Mathematics of Planet Earth


More than 100 scientific societies, universities, research institutes, and organizations all over the world have banded together to dedicate 2013 as a special year for the Mathematics of Planet Earth.

Our planet is the setting for dynamic processes of all sorts, including the geophysical processes in the mantle, the continents, and the oceans, the atmospheric processes that determine our weather and climates, the biological processes involving living species and their interactions, and the human processes of finance, agriculture, water, transportation, and energy. The challenges facing our planet and our civilization are multidisciplinary and multifaceted, and the mathematical sciences play a central role in the scientific effort to understand and to deal with these challenges.

The mission of the MPE project is to:

  • Encourage research in identifying and solving fundamental questions about planet earth
  • Encourage educators at all levels to communicate the issues related to planet earth
  • Inform the public about the essential role of the mathematical sciences in facing the challenges to our planet

MPE2013 has now reached the breadth of an international year under the patronage of UNESCO. MPE2013 is run by its partners. The partners, mostly scientific institutes, learned societies, international organizations, associations of teachers have committed to organize scientific and outreach activities on the theme. For several years already, an intense planning of scientific activities is taking place all over the world. Many research institutes will host long-term programs, workshops and summer schools throughout 2013. The learned societies or teachers associations introduce MPE components in their congresses, with related plenary or public lectures, and special sessions. They also organize outreach activities on MPE topics. An international competition of museum quality exhibits (modules) will produce the basis of an Open Source MPE virtual Exhibition, which will be officially launched at the Headquarters of UNESCO in Paris on March 5 2013.

MPE2013 is born from the will of the world mathematical community to learn more about the challenges faced by our planet and the underlying mathematical problems, and to increase the research effort on these issues. Indeed, the recent tendencies have increased the pressure to comprehend the planet and its environment: growing population competing for the same global resources, increased frequency and intensity of dramatic meteorological events, and evidence pointing to longer term patterns of general climate change. Mathematicians have an expertise in modelling and solving problems. MPE2013 creates exceptional opportunities for long-term partnerships, both inside the mathematical sciences and with other related scientific disciplines. It will allow training a new generation of researchers working on scientific problems related to climate change and sustainability.

In parallel to the scientific component, the outreach component of MPE2013 illustrates for the public and for the schools the role of mathematical sciences to help tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems. It will permit to motivate kids in schools by providing stimulating answers to questions like “What is mathematics useful for?”

The theme “Mathematics of Planet Earth” is interpreted as broadly as possible. In addition to climate change and sustainability, it includes geophysics, ecology and epidemiology, biodiversity, as well as the global organization of the planet by humans. The different topics have been classified into four themes.

The four themes of MPE2013:

  • A PLANET TO DISCOVER: oceans; meteorology and climate; mantle processes, natural resources, solar systems
  • A PLANET SUPPORTING LIFE: ecology, biodiversity, evolution
  • A PLANET ORGANIZED BY HUMANS: political, economic, social and financial systems; organization of transport and communications networks; management of resources; Energy
  • A PLANET AT RISK: climate change, sustainable development, epidemics; invasive species, natural disasters

Hence, Mathematics of Planet Earth attracts researchers with a very wide range of expertise. Their increased collaboration and efforts in capacity building will last: Mathematics of Planet Earth will continue past 2013.



GMES Land geoland2 Project: An Era Ends

After 8 years of GMES land research projects and the start of the initial GMES Services (GIO) in 2011, two important events signaled the transition from prototype development to operational implementation of land services: (1) the 8th and last “geoland forum2: in Copenhagen and (2) the final review meeting in Brussels.

The geoland2 project with 57 partners from 20 European nations developed the GMES Land Service and demonstrated an impressive portfolio consisting of 200 different products and applications. The continental and local component of geoland2 were transferred to the European Environment Agency and the global component to the JRC and implemented as part of GIO. Thus GMES Land leads – based on geoland2 results – to operational geo-information services that provide accurate, reliable and harmonised information across borders.

The 8th geoland forum took place in Copenhagen on 18th and 19th October 2012. 150 GMES Land stakeholders were invited to discuss the status and results of the GMES Land Services with the project consortium.

On 11th and 12th December 2012 the geoland2 project completed its final review meeting at the European Commission in Brussels. The project’s Executive Board presented the various results that have been achieved in the previous 4 years to the project officer and the review panel. During the two days intense meeting the team convinced the review panel that geoland2 has done a great job, in fact the European Commission was very impressed by what geoland2 has delivered.

An executive summary outlines detailed information about the geoland2 project and can be accessed here



ISDE Co-organize the High Level Academic Forum of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences

The high level forum with theme of “21st Century Science and Technology for a Green Economy and Sustainable Development”, organized by the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences (IEAS) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), was held at the Beijing International Convention Center from April 6 to 7, 2012. The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) co-organized the Digital Earth special session.

Prof. GUO Huadong, the secretory-general of ISDE, and Prof. Milan Konecny, vice president of ISDE, chaired this special session covering scientific researches of Digital Earth concept, DE technologies and applications. Prof. Milan Konecny gave a talk on “Digital Earth for 21 Century: Concepts, Challenges and Applications”. Prof. LIN Hui, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, explained “Spatial Integrated Approach and the study of Humanities and Social Science”. Prof. ZHOU Chenghu, from Chinese Academy of Sciences, gave his talk on “Window of Global Spatial Information towards the Study of Globalization”. Prof. ZHONG Ershun, Chair of the Supermap Ltd, showed “latest progress of GIS technology and its application in Digital Cities” in the presentation. Prof. Temenoujka bandrova made her speech on “3D-mapping for Digital Earth Applications”.

The Digital Earth Special session gathered some of the key IEAS Academicians who are working on GIS, Remote Sensing and Digital Earth. They illustrated many of new scientific discoveries and Digital Earth applications. The Digital Earth concept and vision is now widely adopted by scientists from IEAS, but also in the worldwide. It generates great of evidences that the Digital Earth will play pivotal role in global environment change, digital city and green economic etc. As the advocator and promoter of Digital Earth, the ISDE is willing to co-operate with other international organizations to benefit economic and social development through diverse of Digital Earth technologies.

This High Level Academic Forum of the IEAS held academic discussions on three special domains, including tacking global climate change, urban development and advancing in Digital Earth. An initiative with objectives of “innovation, cooperation, Development and mutual benefits” was adopted by the participants in the closing ceremony. It is pointed that the objectives could be successfully achieved when an efficient and effective framework of global partnership in sciences is established and implemented.



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