China's new Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth in Beijing.

PLANETARY SYSTEMS MODELLING | China’s leading space agency for satellite monitoring has launched the world’s first custom-built, 21st century Digital Earth research complex.

Known as the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE), the L-shaped complex (complemented by a circular auditorium) was opened on 16 March 2011 in a ceremony attended by geospatial research leaders from Europe, North America and Australia, and a multi-cultural group of postgraduate students.

Headed by Professor GUO Huadong, CEODE has been hosting the International Society for Digital Earth since it was founded in the early 2000s. Now it also will host the International Programme Office for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk project (led by Professor Jane Rovins), and the International Centre on Space Technologies for Cultural and Natural Heritage (under the auspices of UNESCO).