Gilberto Câmara

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Gilberto Câmara
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Gilberto Câmara, January 2005
Born (1956-03-29)29 March 1956
Fortaleza ( Brazil)
Residence Münster (Germany)
Alma mater ITA, INPE
Known for Amazon deforestation monitoring
Awards Pecora Award[1]
Scientific career
Fields Remote sensing
Institutions INPE
Doctoral advisor Marco Antônio Casanova
Influences Marina Silva

Gilberto Câmara (born 29 March 1956) is a Brazilian computer scientist and former director of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) (between 2006—2013). He was head of INPE’s Image Processing Division from 1991 to 1996 and Director for Earth Observation from 2001 to 2005.[citation needed]

He is a researcher in the areas of Geographical Information Science, Spatial Databases, Spatial Analysis and Environmental Modelling. Gilberto is the principal investigator on the area of Spatial Databases and Spatial Environmental Models in the GEOMA research network for Environmental Modelling of Amazonia. He is responsible for setting up data policies for CBERS images in Brazil and abroad, and for creating INPE’s Remote Sensing Data Center, which has put 30 years of imagery on-line. He was also responsible for setting up a system for real-time detection of deforestation in Amazonia and for making PRODES deforestation maps available on the Internet.[citation needed]

He is a professor in INPE’s graduate programs in remote sensing and computer science, a member of Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Land Project and of the editorial board of the Journal of Earth Science Informatics. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Münster.[2]


  1. ^ (in English) University of Münster: ifgi. Gilberto Câmara (staff). Retrieved 2013-11-17.
  2. ^ (in German) University of Münster: Pressemitteilung. Münstersche Geowissenschaftler verleihen Ehrendoktorwürde an Dr. Gilberto Câmara, 28 April 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-17.

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