IDEAS was established to engage in the development of research approaches to solve complex systemic problems on the theme of “Digital Earth” by applying GIS and spatial information science.
Digital Earth is a digital model of the Earth recreated in cyberspace, consisting of a wide range of data on the environment and society combined with locational information. Using Digital Earth we can visualize a variety of natural phenomena and societal issues in the real world and develop an understanding of their interactions in order to solve complex systemic problems. By sharing the cyberspace containing Digital Earth, stakeholders can have a forum for coordination of work and communication from different perspectives about the future of the Earth.
IDEAS is engaged in two research areas under the concept of Digital Earth.