Web-oriented GIS system for monitoring, conservation and law enforcement of the Brazilian Amazon

Web-oriented GIS system for monitoring, conservation and law enforcement of the Brazilian Amazon

artigocie45Souza Jr., C., Pereira, K., Lins, V., Haiashy, S., & Souza, D. 2009. Web-oriented GIS system for monitoring, conservation and law enforcement of the Brazilian Amazon. Earth Science Informatics, 2(4), 205-215. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg.

Artigo sobre o portal de geoinformação desenvolvido pelo Imazon, o ImazonGeo 2.0

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A web GIS (WGIS) system for the Brazilian Amazon, named ImazonGeo and based on open source and public domain data, is presented. ImazonGeo was built following three principles. First, the system is based on Spatial Data Infrastructure architecture and web interface built using free software and public domain data. Second, we went beyond visualization of maps and spatial queries by providing information obtained with spatial analysis models. To do that, we designed a database that stores the results of previously defined spatial analyses and developed customized reports and query tools to facilitate fast access of information by end-users. Finally, the system is application-oriented in the areas of forest monitoring, conservation and forest law enforcement, meaning that it aims to contribute to support the protection of Brazilian Amazon forests. We illustrate these principles by presenting ImazonGeo’s technology, architecture, content and tools. Moreover, we present two successful cases to demonstrate how the system is being used. We conclude the paper discussing the challenges and potential solutions to turning our WGIS-SDI system into an internet hub of geo-information about the Brazilian Amazon.