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On March 16, 2011, the International Workshop on Earth Observation and Progress Report for CEODE, CAS, was held in the Beijing Advanced Technology Facility of CAS. Leaders and experts from related fields attended the conference and gave speeches on current progress and goals for the future. Representatives from the State Council, CAS Headquarters, related CAS institutes, as well as internationally renowned scientists and international organization delegates were invited to attend the conference. Vice Director-General Wang Xiaoming hosted the conference.

Professor Guo Huadong, Director-General of CEODE, gave a speech entitled “Three Years Progress Report” covering organizational mechanisms, strategic planning, talents, scientific achievements, academic exchanges and international cooperation in the three years since CEODE’s founding. The report also covered a few core capacity building matters such as airborne and satellite data receiving, spatial information services, the Digital Earth Platform, and international cooperation. Future development goals were presented as well.

To facilitate CEODE’s development, CEODE has established academic consultancies, such as the Strategic Development Committee, International Experts Committee, and Committee of Engineering and Technology. Academician Xu Guanhua, Director of the Strategic Development Committee, Professor Michael F. Goodchild, Director of the International Experts Committee, and Academician Tong Qingxi, Director of the Committee of Engineering and Technology, each spoke about CEODE and the future of Earth observation and Digital Earth.

Academician Xu Guanhua strongly affirmed the gains achieved with the ground station network, airborne remote sensing system, Digital Earth scientific platform, and severe natural disaster monitoring. He pointed out that CEODE made use of internal technological advantages, built a satellite-airborne-ground Earth observation system, satisfied the national needs for Earth observation, and used three international platforms to push into the frontier of world spatial information science. He mentioned that medium resolution satellite data can play a great role in studying global change and solve regional resource and environmental problems through the “Earth Observation Data Sharing Plan”. He emphasized CEODE’s need for global data receiving, sharing, and analysis to develop spatial information technology for global change studies.

Professor Michael F. Goodchild noted CEODE’s achievements during its three-year effort, and its exceptional efforts in Earth observation data receiving, storage, and analysis and severe natural disaster monitoring and evaluation. He acknowledged that CEODE plays a vital role in promoting the fields of Earth observation and Digital Earth and bringing them into a new era. He emphasized the significant role of Digital Earth and Earth observation in sustainable social and economic development on the planet we all share.

Academician Tong Qingxi mentioned that the “three-year progress” in construction, development, planning, and service. CEODE built a satellite-airborne-ground Earth observation system and decision-making system on spatial information services for national strategic demand. The three-year progress established a strong foundation for future development, provided excellent technology support for national development, and expanded international influence. He wishes that CEODE be able to face the challenges in future development, facilitate Earth observation and Digital Earth technology development, provide support for mutual development for humans and nature, and make more contributions on sustainable development.

Additionally, international experts from ICSU and the EU Joint Research Council, international visiting professors of CEODE, and representatives from the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, Ministry of Land and Resources, Ministry of Science and Technology, National Natural Science Foundation, State Council Emergency Management Office, and Kashgar Prefecture recognized CEODE’s achievements during the “three-year progress”. Also in attendance were a number of distinguished Academicians including Kuang Dingbo, Li Deren, Chen Yuntai, Xue Yongqi, Li Xiaowen, Lv Daren, Jiang Jingshan and Sun Jiulin.

CEODE has issued an “Earth Observation Data Sharing Plan”. The plan has established two types of data sharing through free downloads and sharing service protocols of national projects. Medium resolution satellite remote sensing data such as LANDSAT-5, LANDSAT-7, RESOURCESAT-1, ERS-2 and ENVISAT have been opened and shared for the domestic area. The first set of shared data has reached 23 thousand KINGs. Guo Huadong issued this decision and signed data sharing agreements with Beijing Normal University, National Disaster Reduction, the National Bureau of Statistics, China Aero Geophysical Survey and Remote Sensing Center for Land and Resources, Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, Hebei Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, and China Land Surveying and Planning.

The first User Committee of CEODE and the first Academic Committee of the Key Laboratory of Digital Earth of CEODE were established as well. Liu Jianbo, Deputy Director-General of CEODE and Zhang Bing, Deputy Director-General of CEODE issued the member lists of the two committees. Academician Li Deren, Vice Director of the lab’s Academic Committee, hoped CEODE can accomplish national and CAS tasks better, build up first-class talents, produce original work on theories research and operational services, and promote the development of Earth observation and Digital Earth.

Yin Hejun, Vice President of CAS, delivered the final speech. He evaluated the three-year progress of CEODE with high regards. He pointed out that CEODE finished its missions well, including construction of the remote sensing operational infrastructure, Digital Earth sciences platform, remote sensing satellite ground station, and airborne remote sensing system. He also noted that the satellite-airborne-ground Earth observation technology system and spatial information service decision-making system had been formulated, and that CEODE has made vital and active contributions to national and international Earth observation development. Yin Hejun mentioned that the development of Earth observation is a long-term process in the era of a global economy supported by spatial information technology. The share and use of global information resources needs to be promoted through the common efforts of world scholars and technology management experts. He hopes CEODE can open a new setting for operations and high-level research to make important and sustainable contributions to solve global, national and regional issues.

The leaders of CEODE have issued certificates for excellent staff making prestigious contributions over the last three years. Visiting guests visited the satellite operation hall, international science and technology organizations, and the Digital Earth sciences platform.

At the international workshop of Earth observation, Liao Xiaohan, the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Michael F. Goodchild, U.S. Academician, Li Deren, CAS Academician, Mervyn Lynch, Professor at Australia Curtin University, and Alessandro Annoni, Professor of the JRC, delivered keynote addresses on the frontiers of Earth observation development. Meanwhile, the Academic Committee meeting of the Key Laboratory of Digital Earth and the CEODE Users Committee meeting proceeded separately. On March 16-19, the International Working Group Meeting on the Digital Earth Vision for 2020 co-hosted by CEODE and ISDE took place as well. About twenty top scientists in fields related to Digital Earth attended the meeting and discussed the future of Digital Earth.

 Delegates from China and around the world attend the International Workshop on Earth Observation and Progress Report for CEODE, CAS

 Professor Guo Huadong, Director-General of CEODE, delivered the progress report for CEODE

 Xu Guanhua, CAS Academician

Professor Michael F. Goodchild, member of the International Experts Committee of CEODE

 Tong Qingxi, CAS Academician and Director of the Committee of Engineering and Technology

Dr. Jane Rovins, Executive Director of the IRDR International Programme Office

Professor Alessandro Annoni, ISDE Executive Committee Member

 Professor Fred Campbell, International Visiting Professor

 Signing Ceremony for Earth Observation and Data Sharing

Liu Jianbo, Deputy Director-General of CEODE, declared the establishment of the first User Committee

 Zhang Bing, Deputy Director-General of CEODE, declared the establishment of the first Academic Committee for the Key Laboratory of Digital Earth Sciences

Yin Hejun, Vice President of CAS, issued certificates to the Director and Deputy Director of the Academic Committee for the Key Laboratory of Digital Earth Sciences

Li Pengde, Deputy Director-General of the National Bureau of Surveying and Mapping

Bai Xingbi, Vice-Director of the Ministry of Land and Resources

Liao Xiaohan, Deputy Director of the Department of Basic Research of MOST

 Zhang Zhaotian, Director of the Information Science Department of the National Natural Science Foundation

Zhao Hongyu, Deputy Director of the State Council Emergency Management Office

 Aike Baier, Commissioner of Kashgar Prefecture

 Li Deren, CAS Academician

Yin Hejun, Vice President of CAS

(Translated and Edited by: Wang Hua; Supervised by: Liu Jie) 

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