Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE)

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The General Coordination for Earth Observation (OBT) of INPE is a national scientific and technological leader in the use of remote sensing and geomatics, fostering a better knowledge of the Brazilian territory and continental sea in five areas of performance: i) specification techniques, evaluation, and use of remote sensing imaging systems for tropical areas; ii) conception, processing, and applications of Earth observation satellites, with emphasis on the CBERS programme (China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite); iii) development of free software in image processing and geomatics; iv) generation and diffusion of Earth observation satellite images for the Brazilian society, and v) environmental modeling of Brazilian ecosystems. INPE has a long-term tradition in international cooperation programmes and currently holds over 50 projects with international institutions from Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Africa. These projects are of academic and/or scientific nature, and they concern diverse fields in space sciences, including remote sensing applied to Earth observation. OBT-INPE has a number of successfully running or recently finished projects involving partners, who are also part of this application:

  • Multi-scale, multi-temporal and multi-dimensional monitoring of Brazilian settlements and forests by means of remote sensing data, Cooperation with Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and the Leibniz University of Hannover, funded by the German Minister of Science and Technology (BMBF).

  • Automatic system for remote sensing images interpretation- InterImage, Cooperation with Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), funded by the Brazilian National Foundation for Research and Projects (FINEP).

  • Advanced visualization network in geomatics, Cooperation with Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), funded by the Brazilian National Foundation for Research and Projects (FINEP) and the Brazilian Minister of Science and Technology.

OBT-INPE has also a wide experience in organizing scientific meetings in remote sensing and geospatial sciences, like GeoInfo and SBSR – Brazilian Symposium on Remote Sensing, which gathers researchers, academics, and practitioners from Brazil and abroad, amounting to around 1,500 participants in each event held every two years. Since the end of 2009, INPE took over the command of CEOS – Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, established since 1984 to coordinate civil space-borne observations of the Earth. CEOS currently comprises 8 space agencies along with 20 other national and international organizations, which strive to enhance international coordination and data exchange to optimize societal benefit.