A Digital Earth webinar

A Digital Earth webinar on the topic of "Digital Earth as a critical infrastructure and global collaboratory" will be given by Dr.Richard Simpson on Jan 31.

It is openly accessible, registration via >https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7519047127457623

Digital Earth is a global initiative to collate rich information and construct a comprehensive virtual representation of the planet that deepens understanding of the complex interactions of the physical world and the bearing these may have on our daily lives. The initial scientific work, with a focus on the physical aspects of our habitat, has revealed clearly the impact of large human populations and their activity. There is a need for substantial change in human activity. However, although digital technologies are now highly advanced they are not yet well integrated into cultures globally. The warnings about over consumption, climate change and ecological degradation have been largely ignored or contested by people who have little knowledge of, or trust in, research via satellites and sensors, data management, modelling techniques and the reports of an elite group of scientists. Historically, scientific knowledge has not been shared with most people in ways that inform and include them enough to enable deep learning, cultural change and access to emerging opportunities.

Bio: Richard Simpson is a director of Meta Moto and was previously CEO of Spatial Industries Business Association Queensland. He was a co-founder of New Zealand’s first 3D computer graphics company, led development of spatial platforms now deployed across 80 nations, and is a former Auckland City Councillor and Chair of Transport. He has had a professional interest in the development of technology for the spatial industry for over 25 years.

UNIGIS is aiming to "Educate GIS Professionals Worldwide" through MSc and certificate programs - http://www.unigis.net

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