Prof. Dr. Gilberto Câmara

Owner of the Brazil Chair of the University of Münster from 2013 - 2015 at the Institute for Geoinformatics. Topic of his research: Data-intensive Geoinformatics: using big geospatial data to address global change questions.
Brazil Chair - Final Report


Business Address:
Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Coordenação de Observação da Terra, Divisão de Processamento de Imagens.
Av Astronautas 1758
Jardim da Granja
12227-010 - Sao Jose dos Campos, SP - Brasil - Caixa-postal: 515
Telefone: (12) 32087340

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Dr. Gilberto Câmara (born 1956) is a Brazilian researcher in Geoinformatics, Spatial Databases, and Environmental Modelling at the Image Processing Division of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). He is internationally recognized for promoting free access for geospatial data and for setting up an efficient satellite monitoring of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.

Gilberto was head of INPE’s Image Processing Division from 1991 to 1995, INPE’s Assistant Director for Earth Observation from October 2001 to December 2005 and INPE’s director general from December 2005 to May 2012. During his term in as INPE’s director general, the institute’s budget grew from US$ 90 million in 2004 to US$ 250 million in 2010. He established a free and open access policy for INPE's data and products. As a result, more than 2 million satellite images have been distributed freely between 2005 and 2012. Under his guidance, INPE’s team achieved big advances in land change monitoring using remote sensing images, leading to a major decrease in the deforestation in Amazonia. This effort was supported by total information transparency, changing the way Brazil and the World looked at Amazonia.The leading scientific journal Nature called the reduction in deforestation in Amazonia to be "the biggest environmental success story in decades".

Gilberto is very active on the global effort for making Earth Observation data openly accessible. He has been involved in GEO since its inception and has led Brazil to be one of the most forward-looking countries in GEO as regards data policy. Gilberto conceived the “CBERS for Africa” initiative that will allow images from the CBERS remote sensing satellites to be distributed openly for African users. As recognition for his efforts in data policy, he was invited to be a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Creative Commons.

Gilberto has also had an accomplished career as a researcher. He is the leader of INPE's team on Geoinformatics, which has become internationally recognized for developing open source software that contains state-of-the-art research. Gilberto has advised 23 PhD dissertations and 25 Master thesis and published more than 150 scholarly papers that have been cited more than 5000 times. He serves on the editorial board of the journals Anthropocene, Earth Science Informatics, Journal of Spatial Information Science and Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. He was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of Global Land Project from 2006 to 2011.

As recognition for his work, he was inducted as a Doctor honoris causa from the University of Münster (Germany) and as a Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre National du Mérite of France. He received the Global Citizen Award of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association. He is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in the Netherlands and a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

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