India, October 6, 2014: The state government of Telangana and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) recently co-published the updated edition of D_City: Digital Earth report which promtes urban benefits of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) project.
Recently, copies of the D_City: Digital Earth report were distributed to around 2000 delegates who attended the Metropolis World Association of Major Metropolises ‘Cities for All’ conference in Hyderabad from 7 to 11 October.
The D_City report was compiled to help educate future urban professionals and has been edited by Australian-based leaders of the digital cities working group of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE). Based at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, the ISDE is one of 77 global science organisations and 90 nations (including India) participating in GEOSS, which is co-ordinated by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), in Geneva.
Commenting on the move, GHMC Commissioner, Somesh Kumar, IAS said, "Globally researched articles clarify how new space technologies (especially remote sensing and satellite imaging) are helping to monitor, simulate and manage changing environments on earth. It’s an exciting time for Indian cities to demonstrate new, world-leading geospatial solutions for major challenges.”
“Our major city government members are increasingly conscious of the value of geospatial systems to empower evidence-based planning,” added Alain Le Saux, Secretary General of the Metropolis Association (in Barcelona and Paris).