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 year of Program implementation, SERVIR-Amazonia trained more than 100 professionals in geospatial technologies, mostly in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). 28 trainees came from 13 universities and 4 of the 6 target countries (Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Guyana). 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

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

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.

ClimateLinks features SERVIR-Amazonia work on Mapping Forest Degradation Using Cloud-Penetrating Satellite Imagery

NASA’s Africa Flores (SERVIR-Amazonia Regional Science Coordination Lead)and Kelsey Herndon (SERVIR-Amazonia Regional Science Associate) published the blog post “Protecting Amazonia Forests by Mapping Forest Degradation Using Cloud-Penetrating Satellite Imagery” on the ClimateLink portal.

SERVIR-Amazonia launches study on social inclusion

Photo credit: CIAT / Neil Palmer SERVIR-Amazonia considers Gender and Social Inclusion as “mandatory” pillars for the success of its activities. In this regard, the Program fosters opportunities for women and indigenous people’s representatives to participate actively...

SERVIR to host session at AGU Fall 7-11 December 2020: Submit your abstract

Submissions are welcome from researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers working on these issues in the Americas. We especially encourage papers that address indigenous communities and gender inclusivity.

Concurrido Webinar “Introducción al Radar de Apertura Sintética para Aplicaciones en Ecosistemas”

Este webinar se centrará en el uso y acceso de datos radar de apertura sintética (SAR, por sus siglas en inglés), específicamente, Sentinel-1 de Copernicus, los cuales son de libre acceso. Fecha: 9 julio del 2020
Hora: 2:30 – 4:00 pm CST

New data catalog for SERVIR-Amazonia

SERVIR-Amazonia’s data catalog was built on FAO’s Geonetwork open source platform, providing for standardized geospatial metadata and search capacity.

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