Founded in Beijing in 2006, the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) is a non-governmental and not-for-profit international organization sponsored mainly by the Chinese Academy of Sciences to spread the concept of Digital Earth.
The International Center on Space Technology for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) is the first of its kind to apply space technologies for monitoring and preserving natural and cultural heritage under the auspices of UNESCO.
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) is a decade-long research programme co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).
To make good use of intelligent resources housed by the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and promote substantial cooperation among developing countries, five CAS-TWAS centers of excellence were set up in 2013.
Digital Belt and Road Program (DBAR), an international science program for the sustainable development of the Belt and Road region using Big Earth Data, was officially launched in 2016.
CropWatch has been serving as China’s leading crop monitoring system since 1998. The CropWatch team led by Prof. WU Bingfang from the Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR), Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS) has long been engaged in assessing national and global crop production and related information by using remote sensing and ground-based indicators. The research findings are published on the CropWatch Bulletin, a quarterly report on global crop production released in both English and Chinese.