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Satellite monitoring issued 20,000 deforestation alerts in Amazon

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Staff Writer | Tuesday February 27, 2018 8:43AM ET
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LatAm   Amazon Protection System Management and Operation Centre

The Amazon SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) has mapped out 378,000 ha of area and issued 20,000 alerts between November 2016 and January 2018.

The project, which aims to curb practices such as deforestation and other illegal activities, notifies the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) whenever it detects relevant changes. It can also generate data on illegal mining and clandestine landing strips, among others.

The data was released by the Amazon Protection System Management and Operation Centre (Censipam). On the same occasion, Brazil launched the Integrated Deforestation Alerting System (SipamSar), which should expand Censipam's ability to identify deforestation in its early stages and thus, facilitate the protection of the Amazon.

According to Censipam, the next steps include the deployment of the Reception and Recording Station (ERG), where the agency will receive data directly, in 2019.

The station will rely on two tracing antennas, one in Brasilia and one in Manaus. The main benefit is the reduction of the lead time between the collection of imagery and the issuance of the deforestation alert.


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