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11th International Symposium on digital Earth – ISDE 11

About the Symposium:

The Florence Division of the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research (CNR-IIA) is pleased to invite you to the 11th International Symposium on Digital Earth (ISDE 11), from the 24th to the 27th of September 2019, in Florence (Italy). The choice of the Renaissance city, as the meeting venue, was not accidental but the natural frame to debate the challenging Symposium theme: “Digital Earth in a Transformed Society“. The meeting will celebrate the completion of the first 20 years of the International Symposium on Digital Earth (held first in 1999 in Beijing), and provide the first opportunity to introduce and discuss the future role of Digital Earth in a changing World -considering the Digital Transformation that effects our entire Society.




Call for Abstracts

The Symposium will be a great opportunity to attract the European scientific and industrial communities working on Digital Earth technologies and applications, potentially increasing their involvement in the Digital Earth vision elaboration and realization.

Submission Deadline: January 31ST, 2019


Call for Special Sessions

You take an active part in organizing the scientific programme of the 11th International Symposium on Digital Earth (ISDE 11) by suggesting special sessions on selected topics until Sept. 15th, 2018. A Special Session should focus on a specific topic of interest but not limited to the general interdisciplinary themes identified by the ISDE11 SPC and below listed.

Submission Deadline: SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2019



Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors

The ISDE 11 Symposium offers an outstanding opportunity for exhibitors and sponsors to maximize their visibility within a very large scientific and industrial community working on Digital Earth technologies and applications, potentially increasing their involvement in the Digital Earth vision elaboration and realization.

We welcome sponsorship applications from all organisations with an interest in advancing excellence in this field.



President of International Society for Digital Earth

Huadong Guo (RADI – CAS)

Chair of the Scientific Program Committee (SPC)

Stefano Nativi (JRC/CNR-IIA)



Symposium Manager

Paolo Mazzetti (CNR-IIA)


Scientific Secretariat

Maria A. Liberti (CNR-IIA



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Launch of the new H2020 project e-shape

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Launch of the new H2020 project e-shape for strengthening the benefits for Europe of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) – establishing ‘EuroGEOSS’

e-shape (EuroGEOSS Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe), a new project coordinated by ARMINES and funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme was successfully launched in Cannes, France on 9-10 May 2019.

e-shape is an unprecedented initiative that brings together decades of public investment in earth observation and in cloud capabilities into services to the citizens, the industry, the decision-makers and the researchers. e-shape will promote the development and uptake of 27 cloud-based pilot applications, addressing the Sustainable Development Goals, The Paris Agreement and the Sendaï Framework. The pilots will build on GEOSS and on the Copernicus data pool and computational infrastructure.

The e-shape pilots will provide concrete, actionable services regarding food security and sustainable agriculture, health surveillance (pollutants), renewable energy, ecosystem monitoring, water resources management, disasters resilience and climate monitoring.

The first general assembly meeting gathered more than 100 delegates of the 54 consortium members from 17 European countries, Ethiopia, Egypt and Israel.

Erwin Goor, the e-shape Project Officer stated that  ” e-shape can significantly increase the collaboration between European EO companies: sharing knowledge, experiences and data; building on each other’s strengths.”

e-shape emerged from the Global Earth Observation (GEO) Initiative, which initiated regional clusters : AmeriGEOSS (Americas), AfriGEOSS (Africa) and EuroGEOSS (Europe), nesting e-shape. e-shape is the EU contribution to Global Earth Observation (GEO) under the EuroGEOSS initiative.

The main objectives of the e-shape project is to:

  • Coordinate EO actions and leveraging on existing resources and capacities in the presently fragmented landscape of EO in Europe;
  • Deliver concrete EO-derived benefits to users through a rigorous documented co-design process;
  • Implement a comprehensive portfolio of user uptake, operationalization, business support and outreach activities towards the sustainable exploitation of EO services;
  • Onboard new high profile EO based pilots developed outside the project and to give them access to the strategic knowledge and communication channels derived from the e-shape activities.

e-shape is driven by the need to develop operational Earth Observation (EO) services with and for the users and to create a conducive environment whereby the strengths of Europe are exploited towards addressing societal challenges, fostering entrepreneurship and supporting their sustainable development through addressing the three main priorities of GEO (SDGs, Paris Agreement and Sendaï Framework).

e-shape will deliver a comprehensive suite of EO services to EU citizens, researchers, businesses and policy makers through the implementation of 27 pilots spanning 7 thematic areas aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals and GEO Societal Benefit Areas: food security, health, renewable energy, biodiversity, water resources, disaster resilience and climate. These pilots have been carefully selected to ensure scientific and technological excellence, addressing key societal challenges, and leveraging existing results from previous projects to effectively meet user demands. Researchers, SMEs and companies that develop EO-based services in the context of the pilots, will benefit from e-shape through access to knowledge, access to markets and guidance for facilitated access to capital. This will enforce the sustainable delivery of EO-based benefits to users.

The goal of e-shape is not to build a new IT platform but to reveal how to take the best advantage of the existing distributed assets. From the data architecture point of view, e-shape is a federation of platforms and services in the most open, standard and interoperable way as possible.

The EuroGEOSS vision is to significantly increase the benefits for Europe regarding its participation within GEO through improving user uptake of the data from GEO assets and harvesting the environmental information produced through the GEO flagships and initiatives. Thierry Ranchin, Scientific coordinator of e-shape closed the meeting with the message “e-shape is a great opportunity to support EuroGEOSS within GEO and to showcase the strengths and the tremendous contributions of Europe for and with users

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The European Network for Observing Our Changing Planet (ERA-PLANET) Consortium will held a Side-Event
at the GEO WEEK 2018 in Kyoto, Japan on 30 October 2018.
In the last decade asignificant number of projects and programmes in different domains of environmental monitoring and Earth observation have generated a substantial amount of data and knowledge on different aspects related to environmental quality and sustainability. Big data generated by in-situ or satellite platforms are being collected and archived with a plethora of systems and instruments making difficult the sharing of data and knowledge to stakeholders and policy makers for supporting key economic and societal sectors. The overarching goal of ERA-PLANET is to strengthen the European Research Area in the domain of Earth Observation in coherence with the European participation to Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and the Copernicus.
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GEO Week 2018 is a relevant event, organized by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), an intergovernmental organization working to improve the availability, access and use of Earth observations for the benefit of society, that will be held in the Kyoto International Conference Center (ICC Kyoto) – Japan, from 29 October to 2 November 2018.


The GEO Week 2018 and the GEO-XV Plenary are going to gather GEO’s 105 Member governments and 127 Participating Organizations, including the delegation of Italian representatives, to explore efforts and opportunities for the use of Earth observations for the benefit of humankind, focusing on GEO’s three priority areas:


– the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
– the Paris Climate Agreement
– and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.



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Side Events:

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ERA-PLANET Kick-Off meeting of the four funded projects

ERA-PLANET, “the European Network for Observing our Changing Planet” is a network of 36 partner organizations from 14 European countries and one associated country, coordinated by the CNR-IIA, aiming at strengthening the European Research Area in the domain of Earth Observation in coherence with the European participation to Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Copernicus programme.

The Network promotes the use of tools and technologies to make better decisions based on data from the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

The ERA-PLANET Call, based on a two-step process, has selected the four best innovative and competitive projects namely SMURBS, GEO Essential, IGOSP and iCUPE.

The Kick-Off meeting of the four projects, funded under ERA-PLANET, will be held in Rome at the CNR Headquarter for the first two days (9-10 October) and for the third day (11 October) the meeting will move to Montelibretti research area in the North of Rome as indicated in the agenda details.


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Preliminary Agenda

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ERA-PLANET Joint Transnational Call (STEP-2) is Open

ERA-PLANET, “the European Network for Observing our Changing Planet” is a network of 36 partner organizations from 14 European countries and one associated country aiming at strengthening the European Research Area in the domain of Earth Observation in coherence with the European participation to Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Copernicus programme.


ERA-PLANET promotes the use of tools and technologies to make better decisions based on data from the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).


The ERA-PLANET Call is based on a two-step selection process and aims to select and fund the best innovative and competitive projects in relation to four thematic areas:

  • Smart cities and Resilient societies
  • Resource efficiency and Environmental management
  • Global changes and Environmental treaties
  • Polar areas and Natural resources  





Start Date of the Trans-national Call (Step-2)

20 January 2017

Closing date for submission of Step-2 proposals

20 May 2017

Closing date for submission of fund requests to MIUR
(Only for Italian beneficiaries)

20 May 2017

Communication of final results

30 June 2017

Start of the projects

1 September 2017

Mid-term report

15 January 2019

End of projects

30 June 2020

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Il 20/10/2016 il satellite Sentinel-3A di Copernicus ha fatto un altro passo Avanti verso la piena operatività: I primi dati dal suo strumento “Ocean and Land Colour” sono stati resi disponibili per il monitoraggio dello stato di salute del nostro pianeta.


Disegnato per misurare oceani, terra, ghiaccio e atmosfera allo scopo di monitorare la dinamica globale a larga scala e di fornire informazioni critiche in tempo quasi reale per diverse applicazioni (oceano, terra e clima), Sentinel-3A, con la sua suite di strumenti, è il più complesso delle Sentinelle Copernicus.

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SeaSonde radar

Il primo Sistema Radar ad Alta Frequenza in Africa è operativo. Chiamato SeaSonde, il sistema ha due stazioni, a Casablanca e Temara; complessivamente, nel mondo, sono attivi 600 radar ad alta frequenza, di cui 60 in Europa.


Il sistema, messo a punto dalla Direction de la Météorologie Nationale del Marocco, fornirà informazioni continue e accurate sul tempo e il clima marino; in particolare, produrrà una mappa oraria delle correnti con una copertura maggiore di 10.000km2.



The first High Frequency radar system in Africa is operational. Named SeaSonde, the system has two stations, one in Casablanca and one in Temara. There are 600 high frequency radars in the world – 150 in the US, 60 in Europe – and these are the first two in Africa.


The Direction de la Météorologie Nationale, a public service part of the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco set up the system to providing accurate and continuous marine weather and climate information.


SeaSonde produces an hourly currents vector map with coverage larger than 10,000 km2; as well as half hourly significant wave height time series in each radar station with a range of up to 200km from the coast.


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Geospatial Information

Lo studio “Geospatial Information, Key to Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” – commissionato da DigitalGlobe e prodotto da Geospatial Media & Communications, col supporto di GEO e UNGGIM – inquadra gli attuali contesti di Osservazione della Terra e applicazioni Geospaziali nei “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) adottati dalle Nazioni Unite, identificando i gap critici.

In September 2015, when the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform our world by 2030, it was termed as a grand plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.

With an integrated and indivisible global agenda, the SDGs present a new coherent way of thought and action on issues as diverse as poverty, education and climate change to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental.

The current study – Geospatial Information, Key to Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – commissioned by DigitalGlobe and produced by Geospatial Media & Communications, supported by knowledge partners GEO and UNGGIM – makes an overarching assessment of the significance of Earth observation and geospatial data in supporting a wide range of indicators and targets of the Agenda 2030.

The paper presents some of the existing Earth observation and geospatial frameworks available globally, and identifies critical gaps in need of attention. The study gives a historic perspective from a sustainable development standpoint and makes a keen assessment of the prospective sustainable development sectors in identified countries.

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