Prof. Guo Huadong awarded with academician honour by Chinese Academy of Sciences

CAS President BAI Chunli awards the Academician Certification to  GUO Huadong (left)


On 9th, December, 2011, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has conferred Prof. Guo Huadong, Secretary-General of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Digital Earth (IJDE), Director-General of Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE), with the award of Academician in recognition of his outstanding contributions to fields of remote sensing, earth observation and Digital Earth.


As one of 51 new Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences who have made significant contributions to the sciences in China, Prof. Guo is one of the two newly elected CAS academicians in the field of geospatial information science in China. He has been engaged in remote sensing research since 1977. In the past 30 years, he has played a leading role in radar remote sensing research and applications both in China and internationally. His research on radar remote sensing systematically reveals the interaction mechanism of radar electromagnetic wave with typical features on the earth surface, mainly as follows: established radar scattering geometric model for non-vegetation sand dunes, revealed the phenomena of de-polarization mechanism of lava flow and revealed multipolarization SAR’s response to vegetation, proved penetrating capability of long wavelength SAR to dry sand, discovered palaeo-channels and ancient Great Wall segments buried under dry sands. He established a series of theories and methodologies of multi-sources remote sensing for mineral exploration, established a system with all time and all weather integrated active, passive and multi-scale remote sensing for earthquake disasters, and proposed the concepts of studying sensitive factors of global change environment with earth observations, and also the concept of moon-based observation. He was in charge of developing new earth observation system, and developed a Land Remote Sensing Application System of Shengzhou Spacecraft, built up the first Digital Earth Prototype System in China. He is the principal awardee of 13 national prizes, including four second-and third-class prizes of the National Progress Award for Science and Technology, two first-class prizes of the CAS Natural Science Award, four first-and second-class prizes of the CAS Science and Technology Advancement Awards, and the second-class prize of the National Progress Award for Science and Technology in 2010. He also received the Boon Indrambarya Gold Medal award in 2009. He has published more than 300 papers and 15 monographs and books.

He has offered his great contributions to the establishment of ISDE and IJDE. He has been serving as Secretary–General of the International Steering Committee of International Symposium on Digital Earth and International Society for Digital Earth since 2000 and 2006 respectively, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Digital Earth since 2008, one of the co-founders of the International Society for Digital Earth, and main initiator of the International Symposium on Digital Earth in 1999. He was the major person written the 1999 and 2009 digital earth declarations on digital earth which set milestones of digital earth development. He has pioneered many major Digital Earth research breakthroughs, leading more than 10 key national and international programs related to earth observation and Digital Earth and promoting Digital Earth facility developments, including the establishment of CEODE, Digital Earth Lab of CAS and Digital Earth Scientific Platform (DESP). 

Academician is the highest academic and scientific award conferred to Chinese scientists and experts working in their technological and scientific majors. Having an academician in the society, ISDE is able to obtain more confidents in developing the society in future. The society will make more efforts on works of ISDE and IJDE, as while as implement and accelerate Digital Earth scientific researches and discoveries in the world, and enable Digital Earth moving forward to 2020.