Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Zhen Liu, Tim Foresman, John van Genderen, Lizhe Wang
    Pages 1-21 Open Access
  3. Digital Earth Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Troy Alderson, Matthew Purss, Xiaoping Du, Ali Mahdavi-Amiri, Faramarz Samavati
      Pages 25-54 Open Access
    3. Wenxue Fu, Jianwen Ma, Pei Chen, Fang Chen
      Pages 55-123 Open Access
    4. Chuang Shi, Na Wei
      Pages 125-160 Open Access
    5. Sven Schade, Carlos Granell, Glenn Vancauwenberghe, Carsten Keßler, Danny Vandenbroucke, Ian Masser et al.
      Pages 161-190 Open Access
    6. Zhenlong Li, Zhipeng Gui, Barbara Hofer, Yan Li, Simon Scheider, Shashi Shekhar
      Pages 191-227 Open Access
    7. Arzu Çöltekin, Amy L. Griffin, Aidan Slingsby, Anthony C. Robinson, Sidonie Christophe, Victoria Rautenbach et al.
      Pages 229-277 Open Access
    8. Zhilin Li, Haowen Yan
      Pages 279-324 Open Access
    9. Yun Li, Manzhu Yu, Mengchao Xu, Jingchao Yang, Dexuan Sha, Qian Liu et al.
      Pages 325-355 Open Access
    10. Eric Guérin, Orhun Aydin, Ali Mahdavi-Amiri
      Pages 357-385 Open Access
    11. Carlos Granell, Andreas Kamilaris, Alexander Kotsev, Frank O. Ostermann, Sergio Trilles
      Pages 387-423 Open Access
    12. Xinyue Ye, Bo Zhao, Thien Huu Nguyen, Shaohua Wang
      Pages 425-440 Open Access
  4. Digital Earth for Multi-domain Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 441-441
    2. Graciela Metternicht, Norman Mueller, Richard Lucas
      Pages 443-471 Open Access
    3. Gensuo Jia, Li Zhang, Lanwei Zhu, Ronghan Xu, Dong Liang, Xiyan Xu et al.
      Pages 473-494 Open Access
    4. Milan Konecny, Temenoujka Bandrova, Petr Kubicek, Silvia Marinova, Radim Stampach, Zdenek Stachon et al.
      Pages 495-526 Open Access
    5. Davina Jackson, Richard Simpson
      Pages 527-563 Open Access
    6. Xinyuan Wang, Rosa Lasaponara, Lei Luo, Fulong Chen, Hong Wan, Ruixia Yang et al.
      Pages 565-591 Open Access
    7. Maria Antonia Brovelli, Marisa Ponti, Sven Schade, Patricia Solís
      Pages 593-622 Open Access
    8. Max Craglia, Katarzyna Pogorzelska
      Pages 623-643 Open Access
  5. Digital Earth Regional & National Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 645-645
    2. Mattia Marconcini, Thomas Esch, Felix Bachofer, Annekatrin Metz-Marconcini
      Pages 647-681 Open Access
    3. Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, Cheryl Desha, Luis Perez-Mora
      Pages 683-711 Open Access
    4. Jiantao Bi, Yongwei Liu, Ainong Li, Min Chen, Ruixia Yang, Wenwen Cai et al.
      Pages 713-732 Open Access
    5. Yuri M. Baturin, Valentina T. Dmitrieva, Eugene N. Eremchenko, Lyudmila V. Massel, Oleg A. Nikonov, Alexei A. Romanov et al.
      Pages 733-752 Open Access
  6. Digital Earth Education and Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 753-753
    2. Cuizhen Wang, Camelia M. Kantor, Jerry T. Mitchell, Todd S. Bacastow
      Pages 755-783 Open Access
    3. Yola Georgiadou, Ourania Kounadi, Rolf A. de By
      Pages 785-810 Open Access
    4. John van Genderen, Michael F. Goodchild, Huadong Guo, Chaowei Yang, Stefano Nativi, Lizhe Wang et al.
      Pages 811-827 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 829-852

About this book


This open access book offers a summary of the development of Digital Earth over the past twenty years. By reviewing the initial vision of Digital Earth, the evolution of that vision, the relevant key technologies, and the role of Digital Earth in helping people respond to global challenges, this publication reveals how and why Digital Earth is becoming vital for acquiring, processing, analysing and mining the rapidly growing volume of global data sets about the Earth.

The main aspects of Digital Earth covered here include: Digital Earth platforms, remote sensing and navigation satellites, processing and visualizing geospatial information, geospatial information infrastructures, big data and cloud computing, transformation and zooming, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and social media. Moreover, the book covers in detail the multi-layered/multi-faceted roles of Digital Earth in response to sustainable development goals, climate changes, and mitigating disasters, the applications of Digital Earth (such as digital city and digital heritage), the citizen science in support of Digital Earth, the economic value of Digital Earth, and so on. This book also reviews the regional and national development of Digital Earth around the world, and discusses the role and effect of education and ethics. Lastly, it concludes with a summary of the challenges and forecasts the future trends of Digital Earth.

By sharing case studies and a broad range of general and scientific insights into the science and technology of Digital Earth, this book offers an essential introduction for an ever-growing international audience.


Big Earth Data Earth Observation Geospatial Information Infrastructure Geospatial Information Processing Geospatial Information Visualization Artificial Intelligence Cloud Computing Internet of Things Social Media Citizen Science Digital Earth for Sustainable Development Goals Digital Earth for Climage Change Digital Earth for Disaster Mitigation Digital Earth Technologies Digital Earth Applications Digital Earth Education Digital Earth Ethics Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Huadong Guo
    • 1
  • Michael F. Goodchild
    • 2
  • Alessandro Annoni
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital EarthChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  3. 3.Joint Research CentreEuropean CommissionIspraItaly

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