Prof Gilberto Camara
I am a researcher on Geoinformatics, GIScience, Spatial Analysis, Land Use Science. and Applied Ontology, working at INPE (Brazil's National Institute for Space Research). I have published over 230 papers that have been cited more than 8400 times (Google Scholar, sept 2016)and advised 23 PhD dissertations and 31 MsC thesis. I 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. Under my 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". Thus, I am internationally recognized for promoting free access for geospatial data and for setting up an efficient satellite monitoring of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.