GIScience for sustainable development

Using semantics and spatial data science to explore petabytes of satellite images.

Amazon deforestation by NYT

Cited over 13,000 times (h = 48). Current focus is on land-use change and big Earth observation data analysis, using new ideas on geo-fields and big data semantics. See research highlights.

Bikes in Münster by Gilberto

Courses on research methods and GIScience. Advised 25 PhDs and 28 MScs. Committed to gender and background diversity. Open access books on GIScience, Spatial Data Analysis and Spatial Databases (in Portuguese).

Software and Data
China by Joao Leoci

Strong support for Open Science. Leading developer of R software for satellite image time series analysis using machine learning. Produced new data sets of land-use change in Brazil and of future land-use scenarios.

Environmental Policy

Key role on reduction of deforestation in Amazonia and Cerrado biomes. Contributed to studies on land use policy options for Brazil and with scientific guidance for Brazil’s pledges to the Paris Agreement.

Data Policy

Respected advocate of free and open Earth observation and GIS data. Leads the global effort of GEO (Group on Earth Observations) to use geospatial data for sustainable development.

Public Advocacy

Science-based policy work featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Nature, and Scientific American.

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Group on Earth Observations
Secretariat Director

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