Prof. Dr. Gilberto Câmara is a researcher in Geoinformatics, Spatial Analysis, Land Use Change, and Earth Observation, who is a Senior Research Fellow at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Gilberto was INPEs assistant director for Earth Observation from October 2001 to December 2005, and INPEs director general from December 2005 to May 2012. From 2013 to 2015, he took the Brazil Chair at the University of Münster (Germany). From 2016 to 2018, he was co-chair of the Belmont Forum of Research Funding Agencies. From July 2018 to June 2021, he is serving as Secretariat Director for the Group on Earth Observations. 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 has advised 25 PhD dissertations and 31 Master thesis and published more than 230 scholarly papers that have been cited more than 11000 times (Google Scholar, April 2019). He has also led the development of open source GIS and image processing software in Brazil. As recognition for his work, he was inducted as a Doctor honoris causa from the University of Münster (Germany), as a Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre National du Mérite of France, and received the William T. Pecora award from NASA and USGS for leadership to the broad and open access to remote sensing data .
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