Science China Earth Sciences

, Volume 55, Issue 7, pp 1043–1051 | Cite as

Current issues in high-resolution earth observation technology

  • DeRen Li
  • QingXi Tong
  • RongXing Li
  • JianYa Gong
  • LiangPei Zhang


This paper reviewed the developments of the last ten years in the field of international high-resolution earth observation, and introduced the developmental status and plans for China’s high-resolution earth observation program. In addition, this paper expounded the transformation mechanism and procedure from earth observation data to geospatial information and geographical knowledge, and examined the key scientific and technological issues, including earth observation networks, high-precision image positioning, image understanding, automatic spatial information extraction, and focus services. These analyses provide a new impetus for pushing the application of China’s high-resolution earth observation system from a “quantity” to “quality” change, from China to the world, from providing products to providing online service.


high-resolution earth observation sensor networks precision processing of remote sensing images automatic interpretation of remote sensing images focus services for spatial information 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • DeRen Li
    • 1
  • QingXi Tong
    • 2
  • RongXing Li
    • 3
  • JianYa Gong
    • 1
  • LiangPei Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote SensingWuhan UniversityWuhanChina
  2. 2.Institute of Remote Sensing ApplicationChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Center for Spatial Information and Sustainable DevelopmentTongji UniversityShanghaiChina

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