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The Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) is a comprehensive research institute directly under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). It was established in 2012, through consolidating two CAS institutes: the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications (IRSA) and the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE).

RADI was founded as a major initiative of CAS “Innovation 2020” Program. The consolidation will pool the advantages of both institutes in the fields of remote sensing and Earth observation to promote the development of cutting-edge scientific research, and to meet national strategic demands.



  • Exploring leading technologies in Earth observation, geospatial information science, and the mechanisms for acquiring and distributing remote sensing information;
  • Constructing and operating major Earth observation infrastructures and the spaceborne-airborne-ground Earth observation technology system;
  • Enhancing its capacity for providing resource-environmental spatial information at regional and global levels by creating a Digital Earth science platform, thereby building RADI into a comprehensive, world-class research institute.
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