This is a list of openly available datasets about the Amazonia. Some of these have been used on
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Global Forest Height, 2011 – NASA

Global Forest Height

Source: NASA
Terms of use: Not declared

Radar and lidar remote sensing data showing global forest cover at a 1 kilometer resolution. Data by Dr. Marc Simard, Senior Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Annual Deforestation, Amazonia – Terra-i Project

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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 (CIATDAPA, 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.

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Deforestation between 1971 and 1991, Brazil – IBGE

Source: IBGE
Terms of use: See GeoNetwork

Deforestation between 1971 and 1991 in Brazilian Amazon surveyed by the Instituto Brasiliero de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE).

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Annual Deforestation, Brazil – Prodes Project

Source: INPE

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.

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Monthly Deforestation, Brazil – DETER

Source: INPE

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).

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Fire: frequency, intense and latests fires, South America – NASA FIRMS

Source: NASA FIRMS
Terms of use: See source

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.

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Mining, Brazil – SIGMINE

Terms of use: Not declared

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.

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Protected areas, Amazon Countries – WDPA

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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.

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Hydroelectric Power Plants, Brazil – PLNT 2010

Terms of use: Not declared

Hydroelectric power plants for electricity generation in the Brazilian Amazon. Dataset shows both existing and planned plants.

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Petroleum Related Activities, Amazon Countries – AMBIODUCTO

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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.

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Timber clusters 2004, Brazil – ImazonGeo

Source: ImazonGeo
Terms of use: Not declared

Timber clusters in the Brazilian Amazon located by cities. Data last update in 2004. Data contains both legal and illegal processing of wood sourced on native forests. Also contains numbers on production of timber measured by cubic meters (m3).

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Pipelines, Brazil – PLNT 2010

Terms of use: Not declared

Pipelines in Brazil. Data contains information on type of load, date of operation, size and length.

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Slaughterhouses 2004, Brazil – ImazonGeo

Source: ImazonGeo
Terms of use: Not declared

Slaughterhouses in the Brazilian Amazon located by cities. Data last updated in 2004. Data contains processing capacity of each unit measured by the number of cattle.

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Head of Cattle by Municipality 2000-2011, Brazil – IBGE

Source: IBGE
Terms of use: See source

Concentration of cattle on each one of the 771 municipalities of the Amazon territory on the last 10 years. Data from the National research on feedstock done by IBGE, the national statistics office.

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Properties under embargo, Brazil – IBAMA

Source: IBAMA
Terms of use: See source

Numbers of the farms confiscated by the Brazilian Environmental Agency, the IBAMA. The criteria used to “shut down” a farm is exactly the crime of illegal deforestation.

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SRTM digital elevation data, South America – CGIAR-CSI

Source: CGIAR-CSI
Terms of use: See source

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.

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Rivers, South America – OpenStreetMap

Source: OSM

Rivers in South America mapped by OpenStreetMap contributors. Data contains information on waterways, areas, types and names of the rivers.