:: Gilberto Câmara ::
Welcome! I am a researcher on Geoinformatics, Spatial Analysis, and Environmental Modelling in the Image Processing Division of INPE, Brazil's National Institute for Space Research. I have published over 150 papers that have been cited more than 5000 times and advised 22 PhD dissertations and 25 MsC thesis.
Our team develops open source GIS software: SPRING, an object-oriented GIS, the TerraLib GIS library, the TerraME toolbox for spatial modelling, the functional GIS tool TerraHS, and the geographical data mining software GeoDMA.
From December 2005 to May 2012, I was INPE's general director, leading INPE to set up a free and open access policy for its data and products. INPE's budget grew from US$ 90 million in 2004 to US$ 250 million in 2010. We defined a long-term strategic plan, signed major contracts with Brazilian industries, created the Centre for Earth System Science and the Centre for Space Research in Amazonia. We got a new supercomputer for weather and climate prediction and set up a program in Space Weather. INPE's forest monitoring by satellites helped to cut deforestation in Amazonia by 80% from 2005 to 2012.
I was recognized as a Dr. Honoris Causa by the University of Muenster (Germany), as a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite of France, and received the Global Citizen Award from the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association. I got the 2012 Pecora Award from USGS and NASA for "leadership to the broad and open access to remote sensing data". In 2013, I was appointed as a member of Brazil's National Order for Scientific Merit ("Ordem Nacional do Mérito Científico"). I also serve as a member of the Creative Commons Science Advisory Board.