Amazon Day Panel 1: Satellite Data and Geospatial Analysis in the Amazon
The system developed by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) to monitor deforestation in the Amazon has earned academic prestige and international recognition. INPE helped create a geoprocessing culture in Brazil. In 1987, the field was nonexistent. Today, the industry is worth R$ 15 billion per year in Brazil.
This panel will discuss the use of satellites and geospatial analysis as research and monitoring tools for deforestation in the Amazon region, drawing from Brazil’s experience with the topic in the 2000s through the PRODES and DETER systems. The debate will focus on current challenges of a monitoring and control-based strategy, as well as new possibilities for utilizing these tools.