2018 AmeriGEOSS Week

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The AmeriGEOSS Week 2018 will take place from 6 to 10 August at the National Institute for Space Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – INPE) in São José dos Campos, São Paulo State. The full address is:

Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais

Avenida dos Astronautas 1758 - Jardim da Granja
São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brasil - CEP: 12227-010
Phone: (+55)(12)(3208 6000)


In 2018, AmeriGEOSS in partnership with the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and the Center of Marine Biology of University of São Paulo (CEBIMar) will host the AmeriGEOSS Week-2018 between August 6  and August 10 at INPE´s headquarters.

AmeriGEOSS Week 2018 aims to bring the AmeriGEOSS Initiative community together to reflect on progress, plan for the future to meet the priority needs in the focus areas identified by the region as highest priority (Water, Agriculture, Disaster, and Biodiversity/Ecosystems) and to provide training in the use of Earth Observations. The training is intended for staff of government institutions and other decision makers in the region. After an opening Plenary session, experts in the areas of remote sensing and data management will provide six parallel training sessions throughout the week (five in São José dos Campos and one in São Sebastião, at CEBIMar headquarters). The progress and planning meeting is open to the AmeriGEOSS initiative community. The AmeriGEOSS Community Platform will be demonstrated to the community and feedback will be collected. We look forward to your participation!

En 2018, la Iniciativa Regional de GEO, AmeriGEOSS, en colaboración con el Instituto Nacional de Investigación Espacial (INPE)  y el Centro de Biología Marina de la Universidad de San Paulo (CEBIMar), ofrecerá el evento de capacitación de la Semana AmeriGEOSS del 6 al 10 de agosto en las instalaciones centrales del INPE.

La Semana AmeriGEOSS 2018 tiene como objetivo reunir a la comunidad Americana para reflexionar sobre el progreso obtenido hasta el momento, planificar las futuras actividades para satisfacer las necesidades más inmediatas en las áreas de prioridad regional (Agua, Agricultura, Desastres y Biodiversidad / Ecosistemas), y para entregar instrucción en el uso de las Observaciones de la Tierra. La capacitación está destinada al personal de instituciones gubernamentales y otros organismos tomadores de decisiones en la región. Tras la sesión de apertura plenaria, expertos en las áreas de teledetección y gestión de datos impartirán instrucción en seis sesiones paralelas a lo largo de la semana (cinco en São José dos Campos y una en São Sebastião (en la sede de CEBIMar). La reunión de progreso y planificación es abierta a la comunidad de la iniciativa de AmeriGEOSS. La Plataforma Comunitaria de AmeriGEOSS será demostrada a la comunidad con el objetivo de recibir recomendaciones de los usuarios.

¡Esperamos su participación!

Training will be provided by the following organizations:

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Course Offerings

Venue: INPE - São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil

  1. Earth Observations for Water Applications (FLYER English/Spanish)
    • Will provide an overview of NASA remote sensing observations relevant for monitoring water quality in coastal oceans, estuaries, and lakes, and will provide an overview of access, interpretation and applications of the remote sensing data with the aid of specific case studies.
  2. Disaster Risk Reduction (FLYER English/Portuguese)
    • Chile Disasters Capacity Building - National Case Study, Data from Satellites, Drones and Other information (4 hours)
    • Disasters applications: TerraMA2 – Platform for Monitoring, Analysis and Alert of Environmental Extremes and potentially additional CEOS contributions (8 hours)
    • Remote Sensing Images Processing for Disasters Response (collaboration with CEOS WGCapD and Disasters Charter in the Americas) – Use of CBERS-4 images and other satellites (8 hours)
  3. Ecosystems Monitoring (FLYER English/Spanish)
    • Google Earth Engine (4 hours)
    • SEPAL Platform: FAO's open source platform, for data access, processing & analysis for land monitoring (4 hours)
    • GFOI SilvaCarbon REDDCompass training - (4 hours)
    • TerraAmazon PRODES (8 hours)
  4. Foundational Activity (FLYER English/Spanish)
    • GOES-R Data and Product Usage
    • GEONETCast Americas
  5. Foundational Activity (FLYER English/Spanish)
    • AmeriGEOSS Platform


Venue: CEBIMar - Praia do Segredo - São Sebastião, São Paulo, Brazil.

Marine Biodiversity Workshop: from the Sea to the Cloud - Pole to Pole MBON of the Americas (P2P).

The Pole to Pole MBON of the Americas (P2P) and AmeriGEOSS are offering a five-day training program targeting marine scientists in the Americas, from pole to pole, with expertise in coastal ecology. The program will focus on marine biodiversity activities in the field and behind the computer that promote a community of best practices. Specifically, the activities will be to:
  • Collect field data across multiple habitats: rocky intertidal and sandy beaches habitats;
  • Manipulate tabular and spatial data for standardized data formats, such as Darwin Core, while controlling for quality;
  • Publish datasets to the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) using tools for sharing data;
  • Train on data science tools (R, Rmarkdown, Github) to mine data, conduct discovery and analysis, and produce reproducible research documents with interactive visualizations onto the web.


This workshop is a foundational step in the implementation of the P2P network. Participants will develop standard protocols for field data collection, data formatting and publishing, following international standards (e.g. Darwin Core - DwC). The ultimate goal is to develop a network that helps nations and regions to improve conservation planning and environmental impact mitigation, serve the scientific community, and satisfy commitments to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Aichi Targets of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) by:

  1. enhancing coordination of data collection among nations;
  2. improving the collection of harmonized data, developing data standards and methodologies for data management and dissemination without compromising national concerns;

  3. integrating biodiversity information with physical and chemical data over time (status and trends);
  4. generating products needed for informed management of the ocean.

Workshop details can be found at https://marinebon.github.io/p2p-brazil-workshop/.


If you wish to participate, please fill out this survey before May 1st, 2018: https://goo.gl/forms/AIQ9djKDfyfpKuaE3. The survey is also available at the workshop's website.

The workshop will be limited to 15 participants. Notice of acceptance will be communicated by May 15th, 2018. Travel support will be provided to participants upon request.

Week at a Glance