The 6th International Symposium on Digital Earth

The 6th International Symposium on Digital Earth (ISDE6) with the theme of “Digital Earth in Action” was hosted by International Society for Digital Earth and Chinese Academy of Sciences, organized by Chinese National Committee of International Society for Digital Earth and Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth Science, CAS and jointly held by 19 ministries and committees and international organizations including Beijing Municipal Government, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Land and Resources.

More than 1000 scholars, enterprises and managerial experts from 40-odd countries have attended the conference that produces 200 abstracts of papers, 700 papers in full text and comprises 6 oral presentations by 25 person times, 25 oral presentations at parallel sessions by 190 experts as well as 400 poster papers in 5 reports; the “Digital Earth Science and Technology Contribution Award ”, “Digital Earth Enterprises Contribution Award” and “Award for Organizing International Symposium on Digital Earth” are released at the meeting; the Exhibition of Digital Earth technology and applications is held during the meeting, where 22 companies and 18 scientific research institutions have displayed the latest technologies and service in the relative fields of Digital Earth. By further research and exchange of Digital Earth theory, technology and applications, the ISDE6 will exert important and positive effects on awareness of Digital Earth’s roles in global change and promotion of Digital Earth’s service for human survival and development.  

Prof. Guo Huadong, chairman of ISDE6 Organizing Committee, gave a summative speech. On behalf of ISDE6 Organizing Committee, Prof. Guo expressed gratitude to representatives for actively participating in the conference, staff and volunteers for their efforts and contributions; he affirmed success in this convention, saying that it was “a cohesive and appealing meeting of sciences”, “a united and sharing meeting of sciences”, “an attractive and international meeting of sciences” and “a successful and significant meeting of sciences”. He also said that the international exchange and cooperation in Digital Earth theory, technology and applications were greatly strengthened through symposium and communication in this regard. At the same time, promulgation of 2009 Beijing Declaration on Digital Earthndicated the future development and application goals of Digital Earth and deepened research on Digital Earth in terms of global change and sustainable development so as to enhance Digital Earth’s important roles in sustainable development of national economy and society, environmental protection, disaster control and protection of natural resources and world heritage.