PLANETARY SYSTEMS MODELLING | A China-led global group of Earth observation and remote sensing scientists has released a new ‘Vision 2020’ statement to help thought-lead the growing movement developing a worldwide computer system to systematically observe and visually simulate the Earth’s complex, evolving behaviours.
Written for the International Journal of Digital Earth (academic journal for members of the International Society for Digital Earth), the statement was lead-edited by Dr Massimo (Max) Craglia of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy; following a three day ‘Vision 2020 brainstorming’ session of senior ISDE members in Beijing in March.

Massimo (Max) Craglia

Originally named in 1992 by former United States Vice President Al Gore – and commercially launched as Google Earth in 2005 – the Digital Earth movement (known also by other names) is expanding its support base and gaining momentum across a wide range of science and technology-literate organisations, major sectors and professional disciplines.

The movement is being described as a ‘global public-private partnership’ and a ‘global technology network’ to organise a ‘system of systems’ to accelerate climate change solutions. A key co-ordinating agency is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is being advised by a Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technology Advice (SBSTA) and (decreasingly) an Expert Group on Technology Transfer. It has announced plans to set up in Europe a Climate Technology Centre to manage the network.

The paper published in the International Journal for Digital Earth can be accessed here.