The Instrumentation Laboratory for Aquatic Systems (LabISA) was created in late 2013 by researchers from the Earth Observation Coordination (OBT) of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). It was motivated by the increasing number of studies focused on: the application of remote sensing for assessing physical, chemical and biological properties of inland waters; by recent technological advances and by the growing demand of the rational use of fresh water. Within this context, the OBT/INPE acquired, funded by FAPESP, CNPq and ANEEL / FURNAS, a set of equipment to carry out optical and limnological measurements in Brazilian aquatic environments.
The main laboratory activity focus on gathering in situ data on optical (AOPs & IOPs) and limnological properties of Brazilian inland and coastal waters for:
  • bio-optical characterization;
  • development of bio-optical models;
  • validation of satellite data acquired on aquatic environments;
  • Support atmospheric correction of images acquired on Brazilian inland waters;
  • Develop products such as maps of suspended sediments, chlorophyll and trophic state.
LabISA supports and stimulates researches on the development of algorithms for the retrieval of Brazilian inland water constituent, using remote sensing data, as well as provide the infrastructure for acquiring and processing both in situ and satellite data.

LabISA also seeks the continued training of human resources in order to expand the research group skills and foster the advancement of an even incipient field in Brazil.

The lab keeps a constant updated of a multi-temporal bio-optical database of Brazilian inland and coastal waters to support the development of scenarios on the impacts of climate and/or land use change related to ecosystem services provided by aquatic systems.
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  • Go Book release "Introdução ao sensoriamento remoto de sistemas aquáticos"

Ongoing studies

  • Go Ongoing studies supporting the monitoring of Brazilian inland Waters
  • Go Massas d'água que circulam pela planície de inundação amazônica

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