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From Space we see it Better: What Remote Sensing can tell us about Earth

Embassy of Brazil in Berlin | Igor Ogashawara, Evlyn Leao de Moraes Novo, Claudia Guimarães-Steinicke, Wanderson de Sousa Mendes, Alby Duarte Rocha, Gabriel Medeiros Abrahão

Revealing what is not always captured by human eyes helps scientists to unfold history, understand complex events and forecast possible futures

Remote sensing is the science of acquiring information about the Earth’s surface without actually being in contact with it.

Since it started, decades ago, the technology has become so precise that, from so far way, it allows us to “see” things from a granular scale to a planetary one. Suddenly, it is possible to close gaps of information, track connections between different phenomena and broaden our comprehension of the world. At the same time, the amount of collected data requires a completely new set of expertise. This all brings science to an entirely different level.

Join us and learn about some exciting applications of remote sensing – from observing phytoplankton bloom in lakes and oceans and improving water management to mapping the best soil for agriculture and analyzing the behavior of plants in a changing climate. Also, hear about how Brazil contributed to the field and made data accessible to everyone.


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About the Venue
Embassy of Brazil in Berlin
Wallstrasse 57
Berlin, Berlin 10179 Germany

Igor Ogashawara

Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB-Berlin)

Dr. Igor Ogashawara is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB-Berlin) and a Visiting Professor at Universidad the Concepción (Chile). He got his BSc in Geography from São Paulo State University (UNESP), his MSc in Remote Sensing from the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and his PhD in Applied Earth Sciences from the Indiana University (IU). His research interests lie at the intersection of remote sensing and natural resources (particularly water resources). Igor is particularly interested in the development of remote sensing algorithms for the estimation of water quality parameters. He is the co-chairing the Working Group 2 on Observations and Data for the GEO AquaWatch where he is also part of the Management Team and Director of the GEOAquaWatch Node on Calibration and Validation, he is also involved in the working groups of the Brazilian Association of Limnology and is also involved in the EU H2020 Water-ForCE Project which is developing a Roadmap for the future of Copernicus water products.

Evlyn Leao de Moraes Novo

Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE)

Dr. Evlyn Novo is a Senior Researcher at the Earth Observation Division in the Brazilian Institute for Space Research (INPE) under the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, located in São José dos Campos, Brazil. She has over 30 years of developing and applying Earth Observing satellites on integrated studies of the Brazilian Amazon. She participated as the Brazilian PI in the LBA Project “Linking remote sensing of variations in inundation and aquatic vegetation with regional analyses of carbon dynamics in Amazon wetlands (UCSB, NASA, INPE). 2003-2008). She has coordinated projects funded by FAPESP, CAPES, and CNPq, focusing on integrating both in situ and remote sensing data to improve understanding of the interactions between biotic, abiotic, and human dimensions on the Amazon landscape in a scenery of growing anthropogenic impact.

Currently, she is coordinating INPE’s remote sensing working package from the project Balancing biOdiversity conservatioN with Development in Amazon wetlandS (BONDS).

Dr. Claudia Guimarães-Steinicke is postdoctoral fellow at the Remote Sensing Center for Earth Research, University of Leipzig. In her PhD, she investigated the temporal dynamics of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships (such as biomass production and thermal regulation) using terrestrial laser scanning in grasslands communities. Confronting the climate change, she is currently working on how biodiversity interacts with the climate and how these interactions can be affected by extreme events such as drought in temperate forests. This project is developed within the Breathing Nature initiative. The aim of her research is to better understand the key role of biodiversity on attenuating climate change effects on terrestrial ecosystems and by applying remote sensing techniques provide tools to better predict and contribute to mitigations actions.

Wanderson de Sousa Mendes

Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF)

Wanderson de Sousa Mendes works as a postdoctoral research at the Leibinz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF). He started to work with remote and proximal sensing during his bachelor in agricultural engineering, when he got a scholarship from the Brazilian government, called “Science without borders”, to study in Sydney, Australia. Back to Brazil, he got a PhD at the Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture, University of Sao Paulo, directly after the graduation. His research project was entitled “Geotechnologies applied in digital soil mapping”. Afterwards, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the OpenGeoHub at Wagenigen, Netherlands. Since May 2021, he has been working at ZALF and is specialised in using integrated remote and proximal sensing for mapping and monitoring soil and landscape processes. Recently, he was awarded with a Grant for Early Career Researchers and Professionals by the British Society of Soil Science during the 22nd World Congress of Soil Science.

Alby Duarte Rocha

Technische Universität Berlin

Dr. Alby Duarte Rocha is currently a Research Assistant at the Department of Geoinformation Processing for Landscape and Environmental Planning of Technische Universität Berlin (TUB). Rocha’s research focuses on the understanding of spatiotemporal patterns in the environment using Remote Sensing data by modelling parameters such as vegetation biochemical and biophysical properties, soil moisture content and evapotranspiration. Bachelor in Statistics (UFPR/Brazil) and PhD in Remote Sensing (ITC/Netherlands), he models complex ecological processes using empirical and physical-based approaches. Although surrounded by high technology, his academic work is moved by a great desire to practice a more humanised and meaningful use of data science.

Gabriel Medeiros Abrahão

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Dr. Gabriel Medeiros Abrahão is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). He took his bachelor in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering and his doctorate in Applied Meteorology  from the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV, Brazil). His main research topics are related to interactions in the Climate-Land-Energy-Water nexus. He has worked in several institutions worldwide, including Purdue University, Tufts University and the University of California, Berkeley, integrating diverse modelling tools and data to approach different questions within this nexus, including remote sensing, process-based Earth System Models, econometric methods and integrated assessment modelling. He has a particular passion for understanding and communicating the effects of Brazilian deforestation to the agriculture and hydrology of the region. His current research focuses on quantifying future pathways of transformation that can keep humanity within the Planetary Boundaries of the natural environment, and on the incorporation of the biophysical impacts of land-use into climate mitigation strategies.

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