Symposium explores "Digital Earth"
01 June 2007
ATTENTION: Political, science, international and environmental writers and editors
Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
The Fifth International Symposium on Digital Earth, a bi-annual event centered on 3-D software resources freely available online that address the humanitarian and environmental challenges facing the Earth.
This year's symposium -- the first to be held in the United States -- focuses on the plight of indigenous peoples. Participants include key scientists, business leaders and activists from the technology industry, academia, government, the private sector and non-profit organizations.
Tuesday through Saturday, June 5-9.
Most symposium events will take place in Wheeler Hall Auditorium, near the center of the University of California, Berkeley, campus. A map is at: http://www.berkeley.edu/map/. More details are at: http://www.isde5.org.
Among the speakers will be:
- Google Earth's Michael Jones, presenting the keynote address on Tuesday, June 5.
- Doug Englebart, inventor of the computer mouse, speaking Tuesday, June 5, about technology for change.
- Amnesty International USA's Ariela Blatter, who on Wednesday, June 6, will announce "Eyes on Darfur" - a new project using newly acquired, high-resolution commercial satellite images of Darfur to help protect 12 intact but vulnerable villages on the frontline of the Sudanese conflict.
- A representative of Spot Image of France, talking on Thursday, June 7, about a project to combat climate change.
- Chiefs of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council in Alaska, addressing new governance models on Thursday, June 7.
Registration via the event Web site is advised. There will be daily media briefings at 5:30 p.m. See http://www.isde5.org for more information.