Guest lecture by Dr. Ane Alencar

We are delighted to invite you to a workshop titled "Mapbiomas: how to create robust land use and cover maps for a vast territory" by Dr. Ane Alencar from the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM).

When: January 14 @ 11am
Where: GL 540

Space is limited. Please RSVP by sending an email to Levente Juhasz (

About Mapbiomas

Mapbiomas is a multi- institutional initiative involving universities, NGOs and technology companies that got together to produce the first annual land use and cover timeseries maps of entire Brazil for the past 34yrs. This initiative relies on the use of cloud computing and Google Earth Engine Platform with the best machine learning algorithms and processing technologies available to create this network processing effort. Mapbiomas has also expanded to other South America Countries and Indonesia. All the scripts, methodologies and data produced by Mapbiomas are available in at the following address:

About Dr. Alencar

Ane Alencar is a geographer with a Master's degree in Environmental Remote Sensing and GIS from Boston University and PhD in Forest Resources and Conservation from University of Florida. For the past 24 years she has been working on conservation related issues at the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM). She is currently the Director of Science at IPAM and coordinator of the GIS lab at the institute. Her work experience includes improving understanding of spatial patterns and extent of fire, deforestation and land use changes in Brazilian Amazon promoted by road infra-structure and climate change. She is also part of the team of biome coordinators of Mapbiomas initiative coordinating the land use change monitoring efforts of Cerrado Biome and the coordinator of the Land use and cover change sector of SEEG.

About the workshop

The following topics will be discussed:

1.       What is Mapbiomas?
2.       How to create land use and cover maps in network
3.       Hands on work on how to explore Mapbiomas platform and download the data