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Prof. Dr. Gilberto Camara
Image Processing Division, DPI
National Institute for Space Research, INPE, Brazil
Prof. Dr. Gilberto Camara is a Brazilian researcher in Geoinformatics, Spatial Analysis, Land Use
Change, and Applied Ontology, from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE).
He is internationally recognized for promoting free access for geospatial data and for setting up
an efficient satellite monitoring of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.
Gilberto was INPE's assistant director for Earth Observation from October 2001 to December 2005,
and INPE's director general from December 2005 to May 2012. During his term in as INPE's director
general, the institute's budget grew from US$ 90 million in 2004 to US$ 250 million in 2010.
Under his guidance, INPE's team achieved big advances in land change monitoring using remote
sensing, leading to a major decrease in the deforestation in Amazonia. The leading scientific
journal Nature called the reduction in deforestation in Amazonia to be "the biggest environmental
success story in decades".
Gilberto has advised 23 PhD dissertations and 31 Master thesis and published more than 150 scholarly
papers that have been cited more than 8400 times (Google Scholar, Sep 2016). He was a member of the
Scientific Steering Committee of Global Land Project from 2006 to 2011. From June 2013 to May 2015,
he was the Brazil Chair at the University of Munster (Germany), with support from the Brazilian agency
As recognition for his work, he was inducted as Dr. Honoris Causa from the University of Munster
(Germany) and as a Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre National du MÃ©rite of France. He received the
Global Citizen Award of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association. He is also a Fellow
of the Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente
(Netherlands) and a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He received
the 2012 William T. Pecora Award from USGS and NASA for "leadership to the broad and open access
to remote sensing data".
He currently represents the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
in the Belmont Forum, an international group of funding agencies for global change research,
and has been elected to be one of the two co-chairs of the Belmont Forum. He is also a member
of FAPESP's advisory committee on Global Change Research.