Academic Partner Network

An ongoing effort to link universities and academic institutions in the region between them as well as with their counterparts in the United States. 

The Academic Partner Network (APN) of SERVIR-Amazonia is an ongoing effort to link universities and academic institutions in the region between them as well as with their counterparts in the United States. Academic partners are joining SERVIR-Amazonia based on their capacity and interests to contribute to the Program, having either a need for capacity development or the ability to contribute specific approaches, and having a clear commitment to increasing their use of geospatial products and services for improved decision-making in the Amazon.

With the Academic Partner Network we aim to:

  1. Support the co-development of geospatial services under the Program
  2. Improve geospatial education through curriculum development
  3. Develop a regional pipeline of geospatial experts and events
  4. Contribute to the development of an applied geospatial research network for long-term sustainability of the Amazonia
Kátia De Avila Fernandes

Leader APN, University of Arkansas

APN members are able to access NASA and SERVIR-Amazonia networks of researchers and have the opportunity to: (i) collaborate in research; (ii) participate in technical trainings/workshops; (iii) tailor graduate studies (MSc and PhD) and connect with graduate schools within the network; (iv) access online material such as literature, webinars, tutorial, etc.

APN members are expected to promote the Program activities within their institution, possibly recruiting students and researchers to contribute to the collective effort. As the Program evolves, APN members might be invited to collaborate in the co-development of services in the Program thematic areas:  Ecosystem Management, Drought and Fire Risk, Water Resources Management and Hydro-climatic Disasters, and Weather and Climate.

During the first two years of Program implementation, SERVIR-Amazonia trained more than 240 professionals in geospatial technologies, many of them directly involved as partners in the co-development of services. 148 trainees came from governmental agencies, and 50 from universities of 5 of the 6 target countries (Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Guyana, Ecuador). Eight universities from 4 countries have been actively involved in the co-design of geospatial services.

Lou Verchot

Senior scientist and sustainability lead at SERVIR-Amazonia, Alliance Bioversity International - CIAT

Become a member of the Network

If you are interested in joining the network, please submit your application


Contact our service area leaders

 Land Cover, Land Use Change & Ecosystems

Land Cover, Land Use Change & Ecosystems

Karis Tenneson

Drought and Fire Risk

Drought and Fire Risk

Kátia Fernandes

Water & Water Related Disasters

Water & Water Related Disasters

Brian Zutta

Weather and Climate

Weather and Climate

Lou Verchot

News from the Academic Partner Network

Voluntarios Digitales: Experiencias compartidas en el Foro de Ciencia Ciudadana y Mapeo Participativo para mejorar la toma de decisiones ambientales

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SERVIR-Amazonia firma acuerdo con el Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Fenómeno de El Niño (CIIFEN)

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SERVIR-Amazonia to engage with Caribbean stakeholders to foster geospatial service development

With additional funding from USAID, SERVIR-Amazonia will span over a 2-year period and cover Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname, Belize, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti. 

At a glance: SERVIR-Amazonia’s special session at the Global Landscape Forum

In this session of the Global Landscape Forum GLF Amazonía: The Tipping Point, SERVIR-Amazonia and partners explored how advancements in geospatial and Earth Observation technology are enhancing forest monitoring, disaster forecasting and evidence-based decision-making in the Amazon biome.

Discover the Leadership Vision of four Women in Environment & Geospatial Fields

SERVIR-Amazonia and partners cordially invite you to attend a virtual webinar to discover the leadership vision of women in environment & geospatial fields.

SEPAL forest restoration planning tool: Improving Strategic Decision Making in Forest Restoration

The restoration of forests and other key ecosystems is a major nature-based solution towards meeting a wide range of global development goals and national priorities, including Sustainable Development Goals, but the stakes are high and financial resources are limited.

SERVIR-Amazonia takes mangrove monitoring to next level by signing collaborative agreement with University of Guyana

This month, SERVIR-Amazonia adds to its collaboration with Guyana by celebrating an MOU with the University of Guyana to enhance the monitoring of the country’s ecosystems, and include academic research.

Training: A successful strategy of SERVIR-Amazonia to engage with partners and co-develop geospatial information services

different training aspects and what they perceive to be applicable to their work. On a 5 point scale, average ratings for year 2 training events are over 4.0 with high marks for usefulness and applicability.

Increasing conservation of Amazon forests with Geospatial Software

In order to fill gaps in the organization, management, processing and display of spatial data, and to make it easier to transform them into valuable information for decision-making on deforestation, forest fires, illegal logging and other socio-environmental threats, SERVIR-Amazonia hosted a virtual training on the use of the PostgreSQL / PostGIS database. Tomás Carvalho and Felipe Cerignoni, Geospatial Analysts at Imaflora, led 26 participants in the use of the PostgreSQL / PostGIS database, including its integration with the QGIS software, to present the Amazon Dashboard and Origens services.

La Academia peruana se une a SERVIR-Amazonia para fomentar el uso de la tecnología geo-espacial

A través de la firma de un Memorándum de Entendimiento, la Universidad Nacional Agraria la Molina (UNALM), la Alianza Bioversity International y CIAT, y Conservación Amazónica-ACCA, manifiestan su voluntad y compromiso de colaboración para usar últimas tecnologías geoespaciales, intercambiar conocimientos y fortalecer capacidades que permitan mejorar la toma de decisiones en aras de salvaguardar los ecosistemas de la Amazonia.

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