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The 10th ISDE International Lectures

ISDE International Lectures, organized by the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) are a series of online events which feature invited lectures by well-known international experts in the field of Digital Earth. The event will invite speakers to give lectures every two months. The purpose of the events is to bring international scholars in the relevant research fields of Digital Earth together to exchange academic perspectives, share research results, and disseminate the most cutting-edge and authoritative concept of Digital Earth.


The 10th ISDE International Lectures


The 10th ISDE International Lectures, with the theme of "How and why do some authors claim their data and models are good?", will feature a presentation by Prof. Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr. from Clark University, who will offer his insights into the accuracy of data and model assessments.

Theme: How and why do some authors claim their data and models are good?

Date & Time: 12 June, 2024, 9:00 - 10:30 am (EDT)

                        12 June, 2024, 3:00 - 4:30 pm (CEST)

Organized by: International Society for Digital Earth

Supported by: International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals

                         International Journal of Digital Earth

                         Big Earth Data


Invited Speakers:

Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr. (Clark University, USA)




Time Zone (Eastern USA Time, EDT)


Welcome and Introduction


Topic: How and why do some authors claim their data and models are good?

Speaker: Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr. (Clark University, USA)


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(Zoom ID: 862 1822 9767, Password: 207165)



ISDE Secretariat (Email: isde@radi.ac.cn, Tel.: 86-10-82178912)

Short Bio of Invited Speakers:


Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr.

Clark University, USA 


Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr. is Professor of Geography at Clark University, where he has been since 1998. He holds a Doctorate in Environmental Science and a Masters degree in Applied Statistics. Pontius has expertise in GIS, ecological modeling, and land change science. He creates quantitative methods that contribute to Geographic Information Science (GIS), Remote Sensing, and Statistics. Several of these methods have been incorporated into the GIS & Image Processing software TerrSet, which has over 100,000 users worldwide. His solo authored book is entitled Metrics That Make a Difference: How to Analyze Change and Error. His collection of videos help to disseminate his work.

Extended Materials:

About the previous ISDE International Lectures:


The personal webpage of Prof. Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr.:


About the TerrSet software:


Metrics That Make a Difference: How to Analyze Change and Error:


Videos by Prof. Pontius and his students: