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IUGG general assembly; special symposium (ST7) on Education and outreach in the 21st century

Wu Zhongliang and Chen Yuntai
Potential impact of "Digital Earth" on seismological monitoring
Seismological Research Letters (October 2000) 71 (5): 548-552


"Digital Earth" is a newly proposed concept of a 3D, realtime, dynamic representation of geographical information by integrating the techniques of remote sensing, GIS, virtual reality, and computer networking, among others. The potential impact of Digital Earth on seismological monitoring is presented by discussing the fast assessment of seismic disasters, earthquake information service to the public, and the monitoring of clandestine nuclear explosion tests. It is pointed out that Digital Earth can provide the public with an opportunity to join in seismological analysis and is an ideal platform for the combination of remote sensing information and seismological information, with both positive and negative effects associated with such "transparent" seismology. For the proposed international monitoring system (IMS), which has in recent years turned its focus to the detection of low-yield explosions and the monitoring of a nonproliferation treaty, one of the challenging problems is the integration of different monitoring schemes, including seismic, hydroacoustic, infrasound, radionuclides, and satellite remote sensing. It is foreseen that Digital Earth can provide such integration with a practical technical framework. In monitoring a CTBT, on-site inspection (OSI) is a practically difficult and politically sensitive issue. Based on the implementation of Digital Earth, a new concept, "virtual onsite inspection" (VOSI) is proposed as a generalization of the concept of OSI. It seems that Digital Earth as a future technology in the post-Internet era will have a significant impact on the development of seismology.

ISSN: 0895-0695
EISSN: 1938-2057
Serial Title: Seismological Research Letters
Serial Volume: 71
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Potential impact of "Digital Earth" on seismological monitoring
Modified Title: IUGG general assembly; special symposium (ST7) on Education and outreach in the 21st century
Author(s): Wu ZhongliangChen Yuntai
Author(s): Bormann, Peterprefacer
Author(s): Hamza, V. M.prefacer
Affiliation: China Seismological Bureau, Institute of Geophysics, Beijing, China
Affiliation: GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Potsdam, Federal Republic of Germany
Pages: 548-552
Published: 200010
Text Language: English
Publisher: Seismological Society of America, El Cerrito, CA, United States
Meeting name: IUGG general assembly; special symposium (ST7) on Education and outreach in the 21st century
Meeting location: Birmingham, GBR, United Kingdom
Meeting date: 19991999
References: 21
Accession Number: 2003-008644
Categories: SeismologyEnvironmental geology
Document Type: Serial Conference document
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Secondary Affiliation: Observatorio Nacional, BRA, Brazil
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200303
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