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Câmara, Gilberto (1956–)

  • By: Pedro Ribeiro de Andrade
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Gilberto Câmara is a Brazilian researcher in the areas of geographical information science, spatial databases, spatial analysis, and environmental modeling. He was director for Earth observation (2001–2005) and general director (2006–2010) of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and is internationally known for defending open access to geospatial data and software. Câmara is responsible for setting up the free and open policy for remote sensing images from the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellites (CBERS) worldwide and for creating the Remote Sensing Data Center of INPE, which has made decades of imagery freely available on the Internet. This made Brazil the world's largest distributor of remote sensing imagery (2005–2008). He was also responsible for setting up a methodology for real-time detection and monitoring of deforestation in ...

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