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Terra-i is a system for near real-time monitoring of land cover or habitat change, included deforestation, in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The system use neural networks and satellite data of MODIS vegetation index (NDVI) from the product MOD13Q1, and precipitation data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) sensor. Terra-i is a collaboration between the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT – DAPA, based in Colombia), The Nature Conservancy (TNC, based in USA), the School of Business and Engineering (HEIG-VD, based in Switzerland) and King’s College London (KCL, based in the UK). The data represents yearly cumulative detections of change since 2004. Terra-i provides detections of natural vegetation loss for the whole LAC with a pixel size of 6.25 hectares.
PRODES (Programa de Cálculo do Desflorestamento da Amazônia) – annual deforestation monitoring is a service of the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) of the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology. Information is obtained from analysis of different scenes of high resolution satellites, such as Landsat , CBERS and the DMC Constelation.
DETER (Detecção de Desmatamento em Tempo Real) – real time deforestation detection is a service of the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) of the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology. The system uses data obtained from the MODIS sensor aboard the Terra and Aqua NASA satellites. It sends alerts over 6.25 hectares deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The data serve as an indication of the rate of deforestation but do not represent the whole area cut down, which in fact is only measured by PRODES system (see 2005-2011 data).
All map layers on fire are originated in the analysis of data from the
MODIS sensor aboard the Terra and Aqua satellite of NASA. The Fire Frequency layers aggregates fire locations since 2000. Intense Fires brings information on temperature measurements of burning and energy.The latest outbreaks are updated on a monthly basis.
SIGMINE data from DNPM (National Department of Mineral Production) shows Brazilian mining processes, including the number/ID of the legal process, the stage of the process (requests for mineral search, permitted researches, application for mining, mining concession etc) and other data such as year, name of the exploration company and mineral substance explored.
Contains protected areas of the 9 countries of the Amazon. The data is provided by the governments to the UNEP´s World Conservation Monitoring Centre for their World Database on Protected Areas. The data is not divided by regions therefore it contains all protected areas within a country – not just protected areas of the Amazon.
Oil related activities in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and parts of Brazil.This dataset is a result of Proyecto AMBIODUCTO, an environmental research project working to better understand and help minimize the environmental impact of sustained petroleum production in the Amazon.
Elevation data covering South America at 500m resolution. The SRTM digital elevation data is collected from NASA’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) and cleaned up by the CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information (CGIAR-CSI) to fill data voids and to facilitate its use.