Inauguration of Big Earth Data

Inauguration of Big Earth Data

——The First Big Data Journal in Earth Sciences Field


Recently, the journal of Big Earth Data was formally inaugurated. This journal is an interdisciplinary, Open Access and peer-review academic journal. It is published by the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) jointly with the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Taylor & Francis Group and the Science Press. The Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Huadong Guo is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

Big Earth data refers to big data associated with the Earth sciences, derived from but not limited to Earth observation. Big Earth data is characterized as being massive, multi-source, heterogeneous, multi-temporal, multi-scalar, highly dimensional, highly complex, nonstationary, and unstructured. It consists of all data related to the Earth, including the Earth’s interior, surface, atmosphere, and near-space environment. Following the lead of big data in other disciplines, big Earth data serves as the basis of data-intensive scientific discovery in the Earth sciences, and gradually becomes a new engine of knowledge innovation.

Aiming to provide an efficient and high-quality platform for promoting ‘big data’ sharing, processing and analyses, thereby revolutionizing the cognition of the Earth’s systems, the journal Big Earth Data was inaugurated. To showcase the benefits of data-driven research, submissions on the applications of ‘big Earth data’ in exploring the Earth’s history and its future evolution are highly encouraged. Big Earth Data supports an open data policy and serves as a direct link between the published manuscript and its relevant supporting data in the advancement of data sharing and reuse.

The journal publishes research topics on ‘big data’ studies across the entire spectrum of Earth sciences, including but not limited to Earth Observation, Geography, Geology, Atmospheric Science, Marine Science, Geophysics, Geochemistry and so on. It accepts original research articles, review articles, data papers, technical notes and letters. Along with research papers and data papers describing data sets, the journal also publishes paper-related data sets deposited in the public repositories.

Big Earth Data is an Open Access electronic online journal. Papers published in the inauguration issue of Big Earth Data have been listed below for your refer:


The journal welcomes all submissions from the researchers who are interested in studying and publishing works related to big Earth data. For more information, please browse the weblink below:

Journal website 

Submission website


Should you have any questions, please contact the journal Editorial Office at or call us 86-10-82178902/82178196.



The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) is an international academic organization which was formally established in 2006. Since1999, ISDE has organized ten International Symposia on Digital Earth and six Digital Earth Summit in more than ten countries around the world. ISDE has become a member of GEO and ICSU in 2009 and 2017, respectively. Currently, ISDE publishes an SCI journal – International Journal of Digital Earth with an impact factor of 2.292 in 2017. The inauguration of the Big Earth Data will definitely bring ISDE higher reputation and influence in the international academic community worldwide.