Program Themes

Digital Earth concerns the integrated use of digital technologies to monitor, map, model, and manage our planet’s environments. At Digital Earth 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:

1: Digital Earth Theory and Technology

Concepts, hardware, and software for transmitting, storing, and analyzing geographic information. Topics focus on information management (e.g. Big Data, GIS, geo-browsers) and information processing and analysis (e.g. geo-visualization, spatial analysis, modelling.

  • Examples:
  • Data and Information Infrastructures. Data Centers, Warehouses and Services
  • Sensors & Sensor Networks
  • Innovation in Geomatics
  • Data Analytics: Big Data, Data Mining, and Knowledge Discovery
  • Information Display and Visualization, Virtual Reality
  • Geo-Spatial Information Processing & Services
  • Web Geobrowsers and Geoportals
  • DE and Network Science
  • Protocols and Standards for Data Models, Data Formats and Metadata

2: Earth Observation

Observation systems for collecting, monitoring, and managing data of global and regional environmental conditions, resources, and hazards. These include technologies for satellite, aerial, ground-based, and marine sensing, employed for real-time monitoring of environmental change.

  • Examples:
  • Space and Satellite Technologies
  • Ocean Monitoring
  • Airborne and surface Sensors and Platforms
  • Subsurface Sensing
  • Geochemical Mapping
  • Earth Observation Information Integrated Systems
  • Image Processing and Information Extraction
  • Image Fusion and Change Detection
  • Data Assimilation

3: Applications to Science and Policy

Multi-disciplinary methods to forecast and adapt to environmental change, mitigate natural hazards, and support sustainable development. Applications include environmental protection, resource management, food security, digital cities, climate change, disaster management, etc.

  • Examples:
  • Future Environmental Conditions
  • Earth’s Oceans & Coastal Zones
  • The Cryosphere
  • Hydrological Processes
  • Climate models & Weather Forecasting
  • Adapting to Climate Change
  • Understanding the Solid Earth
  • Earth Magnetism
  • Environmental Risk Management & Disaster Mitigation
  • The Urban Environment, Digital Cities
  • Energy and Natural Resources.
  • Environmental Protection and Conservation
  • Soil Science, Agriculture, Food security
  • DE and Health
  • Environment and Sustainable Development

4: Digital Earth and Citizen Well-Being

Innovative technologies to encourage citizen involvement in global monitoring and environmental sustainability, and policies to minimize their intrusive effects. Topics include crowd-sourcing, social networks, privacy, security, and the democratization of information.

  • Examples:
  • Innovation for Global Sustainability
  • DE and Citizen Information
  • Geo-tracking, transportation, and space-time use
  • Ethical Challenges Concerning Global Surveillance and Monitoring
  • International Partnerships for Digital Earth
  • Policy Formulation, Delivery, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Poverty, Health, Well-Being, Development, and the Environment
  • Addressing the Digital Divide
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Open Data
  • Delivering Geo-information Services to Citizens
  • New Approaches to Education and Capacity Building
  • Publicly Accessible Information Infrastructures
  • Public Participatory GIS. Democratization of Information
  • Social Networks, Citizen Science

5: Digital Earth Education and Outreach

The Symposium will publicize the Digital Earth vision and capabilities to the public at-large, and particularly to youth. The program will include student-oriented tutorials, workshops, and competitions, and public presentations and demonstrations.