:: Gilberto Câmara ::

Welcome! Please visit my new homepage at




Using dynamic geospatial ontologies to support information extraction from big Earth observation data sets.
GIScience 2016. Montreal, September 2016.

Using big Earth observation data for better semantic description of land use change.
Simposio Argentino de Ontologias Aplicadas (SAOA) 2016. Buenos Aires, September 2016.

VGI for Policy: what are the known unknowns?.
Vespucci Initiative Meeting on VGI and Policy. Firenze, Italy, July 2016.

Geographical ontologies for land use and land cover change: distinguishing continuants from occurents.
Formal Ontologies and Information Systems Conference (FOIS) 2016. Annecy, France, July 2016.

Data mining of remote sensing time series for land use change classification.
Department of Geoinformatics. Salzburg University, April 2016 (also presented at MapBiomas seminar, Brasilia, April 2016).


Assessing future impacts of land use policies in Brazil.
Global Landscapes Forum. Paris, December 2015.

The road to Paris: Brazilian emissions and the rôle of Geoinformatics.
Institute of Geoinformatics, University of Münster. Münster, November 2015.

Modelling Land Use Change in Brazil:2000-2050.
FAPESP Symposium on UNFCCC COP-21. Sao Paulo, October 2015.

Geographical ontologies for land use and land cover change.
Brazilian Conference on Ontologies 2015. Sao Paulo, September 2015.

Geographical Ontologies: An Overview.
Brazilian Conference on Ontologies 2015. Sao Paulo, September 2015.

Metaphors Global Change lives by …and how they shape our research agendas.
FAPESP Workshop on the Transatlantic Platform for Global Change Research on the Social Sciences and Humanities. Sao Paulo, September 2015.

Projections of land change and GHG emissions from LULUCF in Brazil.
Seminar at IPEA (National Institute for Applied Economic Analysis). Brasilia, August 2015.

Time Series Analysis of Earth Observation Data for Land Degradation in Amazonia.
Seminar on Forest Degradatation, INPE and MMA (Brazilian Environment Ministry). Sao Jose dos Campos, July 2015.

The road to Paris: projections of GHG emissions from land use change in Brazil.
Seminar at INPE´s graduate program on Earth System Science. Sao Jose dos Campos, July 2015.

Revisiting research agendas in Geographic Information Science.
Vespucci Week in Advancing GIScience. Bar Harbor, Maine, June 2015.

The Road Map for a Global Land Observatory.
Brazilian Symposium on Remote Sensing. Joao Pessoa, April 2015.

We now have a Geo-Linux. What's next?.
FOSSGIS Germany Conference. Münster, March 2015.


Fields as a Generic Data Type for Big Geospatial Data.
GIScience 2014 Conference. Vienna, September 2014..

E-sensing: Big Earth Observation Data Handling And Analysis On Array Databases.
IFGI 20th Anniversary Simposium (extended version). Münster, June 2014..

How did Brazil reduce deforestation in Amazonia?.
Tedx Münster. May 2014..

Uncertainities on land cover and land use data sets designed for global models.
Global Land Project Open Science Meeting. Humboldt University, Berlin, March 2014.

Monitoring Tropical Forests and Agriculture: the Roadmap for a Global Land Observatory.
Copernicus Big Data Workshop. European Commission, Brussels, March 2014.

Science and Technology in Brazil: from Prebisch’s paradox to the Capricorn triangle.
Innagural Brazil Chair 2013-2015 Lecture. University of Münster, December 2013.

Open Source and open data: what changes in academia?.
Erasmus Mundus GeoMundus Symposium. Universitat Jaume I, Castelló, November 2013 .

Land change in Brazilian Amazonia: A case study in nature-society interaction.
ILÖK Colloquim. Institute of Landscape Ecology, University of Münster, November 2013.

Understanding and Representing Change in Geospatial Data.
ETH Geomatik Seminar. ETH, Zurich, October 2013.

Spatial data and public policy: observing the Earth.
World Social Science Forum. Montreal, September 2013.

Big Data: Challenges and Possibilities for Geoinformatics Research.
IFGI GI Forum. WWU, Münster, June 2013.

TerraLib:Technology in Support of GI innovation.
IFGI GI Forum. IFGI/WWU Münster, July 2013 (prepared by the TerraLib team and presented by Gilberto Ribeiro).

Land system modelling for a sustainable world.
Plenary Session on Earth System Modelling. Brazilian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Foz do Iguaçu, April 2013.

On Mental Clocks and Mental Maps: Contributions of Behavioural Geography to a Theory of Geospatial Change.
Reginald Golledge Lecture at the Department of Geography at UCSB. Santa Barbara, March 2013.

Trends in Amazon land change.
REDD Seminar at Brazil's Ministry for the Environment. Brasilia, February 2013.


Biofuel production in Brazil: challenges for land use policy.
Brazil-Germany Dialog on Science and Innovation. São Paulo, November 2012.

Transparency builds governance.
GEO Data Sharing Working Group. Foz do Iguaçu, November 2012.

Data-intensive Geoinformatics: using big geospatial data to address global change questions.
Workshop on GIScience in the Big Data Age, GIScience Conference 2012. Columbus, OH (USA), September 2012.

Sharing Geospatial Data and Tools: A Global Perspective.
Global Citizen Award Acceptance Speech, GSDI Conference 2012. Quebec (Canada), May 2012.

Describing change using geographical objects.
GEOBIA 2012. Rio, May 2012.

Databases and Global Environmental Change: Information Technology for Sustainable Development.
Brazilian Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting. Rio, May 2012.

Describing change in the real world: from observations to events.
AGILE 2012 Keynote talk. Avignon (France), April 2012.

Prebisch’s paradox and the Capricorn triangle: S&T for Brazil in 21st Century.
Brazil-US: Partnership for 21st Century. Washington, April 2012.

Trends in Amazon land change and possible consequences for REDD+.
Planet Under Pressure. London, March 2012.

El futuro de los SIG de código abierto: más allá de los estándares del OGC.
VI Jornadas SIG Libre. Girona, March 2012.

Global change and sustainable development: towards a research agenda for Brazilian science.
ITV-MIT Workshop 2012. Belém, March 2012.

I’ve found the data; it’s free and open access. Now what?.
EuroGeoss Conference 2012. Madrid, January 2012.

Reducing deforestation in Amazonia: how transparency builds governance.
Eye on Earth Summit Plenary. Abu Dhabi, December 2011.

How light can the Digital Earth be?;Eye on Earth Summit".
Abu Dhabi, December 2011. .

Designing a global interoperable information network.
Eye on Earth Summit. Abu Dhabi, December 2011.

Two decades of monitoring land change in Amazonia: what have we learned?.
GLP Workshop on Land Changes in South America. Ilhabela, November 2011.

INPE’s activities on Earth Observation.
Seminar on Benefits of Earth Observation. Libreville, Gabon, November 2011.

INPE: Space and Environment R&D for Brazil in the 21st Century.
Visit of NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to INPE. Sao Jose dos Campos, October 2011.

Land use and human-enviroment interactions in Amazonia.
FAPESP Week: 50 Years of Science in Brazil and Challenges Ahead. Washington, October 2011.

Space derived geospatial data for sustainable development.
COPUOS space benefits panel at United Nations. New York, October 2011.

Modelling human-environment interactions with TerraME.
Symposium in Modelling of Terrestrial Systems and Evolution. Ouro Preto, May 2011.

Land Use Change in Amazonia: Institutional analysis and modeling at multiple temporal and spatial scales.
FAPESP Climate Change Program Workshop. Sao Paulo, May 2011.

New trends for geoinformatics in a changing world.
Brazilian Symposium on Remote Sensing. Curitiba, May 2011.

Building public good institutions in developing nations.
University of Muenster, Doctor honoris causa acceptance speech. April 2011.

Are we ready for REDD? Multidimensional policies for reducing Amazon deforestation: 2001-2010.
Brazil-MIT Forum. Cambridge (MA), April 2011.

The challenge of global environmental monitoring.
China-Brazil High Level Dialogue in Science and Technology. Beijing 2011.

Extracting land change information from large remote sensing image databases.
Spatial Statistics 2011 Conference. Enschede, Netherlands, 2011.


Are we ready for REDD? Multidimensional policies for reducing Amazon deforestation: 2001-2010.
Global Land Project - Open Science Meeting. Tempe, Arizona, October 2010.

The CBERS Remote Sensing Program: An Overview.
Beijing. July 2010.

Collective spatial action models: a foundation for assessing human-environment interactions.
Cognitive and Linguistic Aspects of Geographic Space. Las Navas, Spain, July 2010.

CEOS space agencies: support for climate observations.
COP-15 side event: Global Monitoring of Essential Climate Variables. COP-15 Copenhagen, December 2009.

Impacts of climate change in land use, food security and agricultural production in Brazil.
COP-15 side event:Climate change and food security. Copenhagen, December 2009.

GEO forest carbon tracking task.
COP-15 side event: Satellite observations contributing to global Earth system monitoring". Copenhagen, December 2009.

Earth observation information and decision making: An ongoing story.
GEO-IGOS Symposium, Washington, November 2009. .

What is the way forward for CEOS?.
Acceptance speech as CEOS Chair 2010. Phuket, Tailand, November 2009.

Beyond OGC standards: the new challenges for open source GIS.
International Open Source Geospatial Research Symposium. Nantes, July 2009.

Low carbon growth in Brazil.
World Forum on Enterprise and Environment, Oxford, July 2009. .

A Proposal for a global forest information system.
Google Outreach and Moore Foundation Symposium on Forests. Googleplex, April 2009.

Monitoring and modelling tropical deforestation.
Brazil-Norway Workshop on Forest and Marine Monitoring. Ilhabela, March 2009.

INPE´s contribution to REDD capacity building.
Workshop on Capacity Building for REDD. São Jose dos Campos, 2009.

How to include human actions in Earth system science modelling?.
Workshop on Earth System Science Modelling. Sao Jose dos Campos, 2009.


INPE´s contribution to statistics from space: data, applications, and software.
Gates Foundation Statistics from Space Workshop. Seattle, November 2008.

Databases and global environmental change.
XXIV Brazilian Symposium on Databases. Campinas, October 2008.

Monitoring and modelling deforestation in amazonia.
Schermerhorn Lecture. ITC, Enschede, Holland, September 2008.

From GIS-20 to GIS-21: The new generation.
Master Class at ITC. Enschede, September 2008.

Why should emerging nations fly into space?.
Panel on Emerging Space Nations. International Space University, Barcelona, July 2008.

Contributions to a theory of geographical information engineering.
Scientific Colloquium in honour of Prof. Andrew Frank. Vienna, 2008.

The Vespucci 2020 vision for Digital Earth: social and institutional issues.
Vespucci Summer Institute on GIScience supporting Virtual Globes. Florence, June 2008.

From virtual globes to open globes.
Vespucci Specialist Meeting on Virtual Globes. Florence, June 2008.

Sensing the Earth: From global to local.
Vespucci Summer Institute on Sensor Webs. Florence, June 2008.

Free Earth Observation data on a global scale.
Royal Society. London, October 2007.

Working at a global scale: challenges for a worldwide tropical forest monitoring system.
GLP Workshop on Globalization and Land Use. Copenhagen, October 2007.

Developments in land change modelling in Amazonia: governance and public policies.
Global Land Project Scientific Steering Committee Meeting. Copenhagen, October 2007.

Brazil's statement to COPUOS.
COPOUS 50th session. Vienna, June 2007.

Modelling land change: The scientific challenges.
1st Brazilian Symposium on Global Environmental Change. Rio, March 2007.

Understanding land change in Amazonia: A multidisciplinary research challenge.
IGERT Colloquim Series. Department of Geography, SUNY Bufallo, February 2007.

From pixels to processes: Detecting the evolution of agents in a landscape .
Department of Geography, SUNY Bufallo. February 2007.


How can GIScience contribute to land change modelling?.
GIScience 2006 keynote. Muenster, Germany, September 2006.

The CBERS satellite, data policy and social benefits.
GEO Capacity Building Workshop. São José dos Campos, May 2006.

Earth observation data for everyone: the CBERS experience.
Earth Observation Business Network (EOBN 2006). Vancouver, 2006.

Challenges for spatio-temporal database research.
Spatio-Temporal Database Symposium (SSTD 2005). Angra dos Reis, Brazil, 2005.

Earth Observation at INPE: An Overview .
United Nations Seminar. INPE, February 2005.


TerraLib: openSource tools for GIS applications.
International Postgraduate Course on Geoinformation, Universitat Jaume I. Castelló (Spain), June 2004.

Developing open source GIS: what are the challenges?.
Institute for Geoinformation. Technical University of Vienna, June 2004.

The importance of improving access to environmental data in the Americas.
CODATA Inter-American Workshop on Environmental Data Access. Campinas, 2004.

Open Source GIS Development in Brasil.
International Symposium on Open Source and Open Access for Science. CODATA/UNESCO, Paris, 2003.


Frameworks for sustainability of GIS and Earth observation technologies in developing countries.
18th International CODATA Conference. Montreal, Canada, 2002.

Making international collaboration work in Earth observation.
Earth Observation Business Network (EOBN 2002). Vancouver, Canada, May 2002.


Global Change and GIS

Data-intensive GIS

Global Forest Monitoring

GIScience and Change

GI Science and Engineering

Mental Clocks and Mental Maps

Change in geoobjects

GI Engineering

Land Use Science

Amazon land change

Biofuels in Brazil

Transparency builds governance