5th Digital Earth Summit Planned for Japan

The 5th Biennial Digital Earth Summit will be held in November in Nagoya, Japan. As an offshoot of the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, the focus of the summit will be on how digital Earth technologies can be used to address sustainability education and other global issues.

Honshu and Shikoku, Japan. Image Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC.

Honshu and Shikoku, Japan. Image Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC.

From publically available satellite images such as LANDSAT to the creation of digital globes, the tools researchers and students use to visualize the Earth have changed dramatically over the last several decades.

Working to further this shift is the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE). The ISDE’s mission is to use global cooperation to create a comprehensive geospatial model of the Earth to inform scientific and political decisions about environmental and other Earth observationrelated concerns. One way this mission is promoted is by assisting in the coordination of international summits on the topic.

From Nov. 9-11, the 5th Digital Earth Summit will be held in Nagoya, Japan. The event will be hosted by the International Digital Earth Applied Research Center (IDEAS), Chubu University and the Digital Earth community of Japan.

The summit is a side-meeting of the broader UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, which will be held from the Nov. 4-8. Consequently, this Digital Earth Summit will have a strong emphasis on how Earth imaging technologies can be used to support education for sustainable development. Other topics will include the role of digital Earth technologies in citizen science, science communication, disaster education and more.

Interested citizens as well as researchers and practitioners are welcome to join the conference. Registration and guidelines for abstract submission can be found on the Digital Earth Summit Website.

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