Digital Earth: Decadal Experiences and Some Thoughts

International Journal of Digital Earth, Volume 3, Issue 1 March 2010 , pages 31 – 46

H. D. Guo, Z. Liu, and L. W. Zhu

“The understanding that mankind should reasonably exploit and utilize earth resources and effectively protect the planet on which we live, is now widely accepted. However, effective actions can only be conducted if we better understand and visualize the earth. To meet this need, digital earth science and technology have been put forward and developed. This paper introduces the evolution and development process of digital earth, and presents an overview by reviewing and analyzing the 1999 and 2009 Beijing Declaration on Digital Earth, the scientific and commercial digital earth systems, global and regional digital earth research, and some existing platforms of digital earth science. It also presents some thoughts about digital earth’s future development.”