“Towards a One-World Vision for the Blue Planet”

October 5 – 9, 2015
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


You Are Invited

We are pleased to invite you to the 9th Symposium of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in October of 2015

The Digital Earth vision was first proposed by Al Gore in 1998, and has evolved to keep pace with rapid developments in earth-sensing, cloud computing, and Big Data. The ISDE takes a dynamic view of Digital Earth as the digital nervous system of the globe, using sensor networks and situation-aware systems to inform in real-time about events on or close to the Earth’s surface.

Canada is in the forefront of research and development in the fields of geomatics, geospatial research, and environmental monitoring. Nova Scotia has a large cluster of agencies and institutions related to geomatics, digital technologies, and the environment, with regional and specialist agencies of many government departments, and world-class research at local universities and colleges.

Conference Themes

At ISDE 2015 up to 1,000 scientists, engineers, technologists, and environmental managers from around the world will meet to share concepts, research findings, technologies, and practical applications relating to the Digital Earth vision. Our conference will include themes from the entire spectrum of the Digital Earth vision, and will highlight applications related to Nova Scotian expertise in ocean and atmospheric sciences. Our themes are:

1Digital Earth Concepts, Technologies, Infrastructure
Concepts, hardware, and software for transmitting, storing, and analyzing geographic information.

2Earth Observation & Monitoring
Observation systems for collecting, monitoring, and managing data of global and regional environmental conditions, resources, and hazards.

3Managing The Blue Planet
Multi-disciplinary methods to forecast and adapt to environmental change, mitigate natural hazards, and support sustainable development.

4Digital Earth & The Citizen
Innovative technologies to encourage citizen involvement in global monitoring and environmental sustainability, and policies to minimize their intrusive effects.

5Digital Earth Education & Outreach
The Symposium will publicize the Digital Earth vision and capabilities to the public at-large, and particularly to youth.

The Venue

Where are we?

Halifax, Nova Scotia is a delightful and historic tourist destination, located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean on Canada’s East Coast. Featuring fine accommodations, dining, and entertainment, Halifax offers live music to suit every taste on any given night. Captivating scenery and UNESCO world heritage sites are within easy reach along the South Shore and in the Annapolis Valley. October in Nova Scotia promises sunny days and beautiful Fall foliage.

The Halifax International Airport provides direct flights to 42 cities in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Frequent flights to New York, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, and Europe provide easy connections to cities throughout the world.


The conference venue will be the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre, in downtown Halifax. This 3-floor facility offers comprehensive services and excellent catering in a central location close to restaurants, pubs, and shopping. The heart of Halifax has more than 3500 hotel rooms, with many conveniently connected to our meeting venue by an enclosed pedway system.

Mark Your Calendar

Please mark your calendar for October 5 - 9, 2015 and plan to join us in this beautiful city for this world-class conference. Check back to our website (http://isde2015halifax.ca) regularly for updates, or contact our conference organizers at ISDE2015@agendamanagers.com with any specific questions.

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We look forward to hosting you in 2015!