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

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Contact our service area leaders

Ecosystem Management

Ecosystem Management

Karis Tenneson

Drought and Fire Risk

Drought and Fire Risk

Kátia Fernandes

Water Resource Management and Hydro-climatic Disasters

Water Resource Management and Hydro-climatic Disasters

Brian Zutta

Weather and Climate

Weather and Climate

Steve Prager

News from the Academic Partner Network

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.
Results

Aumentando a Conservação da Floresta Amazônica com Softwares GeoEspaciais

Com o intutio de preencher lacunas na organização, gerenciamento, processamento e exibição de dados espaciais e, ainda, tornar mais fácil transformá-los em informações valiosas para a tomada de decisão sobre desmatamento, incêndios florestais, extração ilegal de madeira e outras ameaças socioambientais, o SERVIR-Amazonia sediou um treinamento virtual sobre o uso do banco de dados PostgreSQL / PostGIS. Tomás Carvalho e Felipe Cerignoni, Analistas Geoespaciais do Imaflora, lideraram 26 participantes no uso do banco de dados PostgreSQL / PostGIS, incluindo sua integração com o software QGIS, para apresentar os serviços Amazon Dashboard e Origens.

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.

Fomentando el uso de tecnologías geoespaciales para prácticas agrícolas sostenibles en cultivos de cacao y palma aceitera en Perú

En un ejercicio piloto con los cultivos de palma de aceite y cacao, más de 30 participantes  de la región de Ucayali y Lima se reunieron en diciembre del 2020 virtualmente en el taller “Mapeo Participativo de Cultivos Utilizando Imágenes de Satélite de muy Alta Resolución”  para conocer y retroalimentar la metodología propuesta. 

Colaboración internacional desarrollará tecnología de alto impacto para enfrentar problemáticas entorno a recursos hídricos en la Amazonía

A través de la firma de un Memorándum de Entendimiento, la Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología del Perú  (UTEC), la Alianza de Bioversity International y el Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), y Conservación Amazónica-ACCA, manifiestan su voluntad y compromiso de colaboración para desarrollar tecnologías que permitan conocer mejor el comportamiento de los ríos en la Amazonia.

Gobiernos Autónomos Descentralizados mejoran su capacidad para preparar sus Planes de Desarrollo Territoriales

Como parte de la implementación del Programa SERVIR-Amazonia en Ecuador, CONGOPE (Consorcio De Gobiernos Autónomos Provinciales del Ecuador) presentó una solicitud para desarrollar un programa de capacitación en sistemas de información geoespacial (SIG) para...

Monitoreo de la minería aurífera a través del uso de radar: Capacitación al Programa Nacional de Conservación de Bosques del Perú  

El entrenamiento virtual al Programa Nacional de Conservación de Bosques y Cambio Climático (PNCBMCC) del MINAM se dió en el marco del servicio de monitoreo de la minería aurífera a través del uso de radar.

First gains in SERVIR-Amazonia Hub partner capacity to address sustainable landscape issues

While a partner like SIG, based in the United States, was able to expand its activities into Amazon countries, ACCA and Imaflora have increased their expertise in thematic service areas. The lead implementer Alliance Bioversity-CIAT took advantage of the opportunity to expand partnerships and create an institutional geospatial Hub.

SERVIR’s Amazonia hub now teaches scientists to monitor forest degradation from their homes.

NASA Earth Science / Applied Science publishes an article on how SERVIR leverages Amazon Web Services resources to help protect the Amazon Rain forest. The article features how SERVIR-Amazonia is training scientists to monitor forests without face-to-face meetings. 

Pandemia, Fuegos y Deforestación en la Amazonía: Desafíos y herramientas de monitoreo y análisis geoespaciales

El 30 de junio del 2020, se llevó a cabo un Webinar denominado “Pandemia Fuegos, y Deforestación en la Amazonía: Desafíos para el 2020” donde científicos y especialistas en temas de deforestación y fuegos del Programa SERVIR-Amazonía, discutieron los potenciales escenarios de la ocurrencia de fuegos para la Amazonia.

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