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Geospatial Change Modelling Research Group

This page presents material for INPE's research group on Geospatial Change Modelling. We develop methodologies and computational tools for dynamical modelling and we carry out analytical research on the causes and consequences of human-induced change in the Brazilian Amazon and in Brazil's urban areas.


A vision of research motivations and directions of Geospatial Change Modelling in INPE is available in this presentation. An early presentation of our vision is "How can GIScience contribute to Land Change Modelling?", the keynote speech at GIScience 2006.

The rationale for the TerraME software is presented in the lecture "How to include human actions in Earth System Science Modelling?".

For a conceptual approach, please see Representações Computacionais do Espaço: Fundamentos Epistemológicos da Ciência da Geoinformação by Gilberto Câmara, Antônio Miguel Monteiro, José S Medeiros. Revista Geografia (UNESP), 28(1):83-96, jan/abril 2003 (Sorry, there is currently no English version of the paper).

Amazonia: Land Change and Institutional Arrangements

INPE´s research is financed by FAPESP under its Program for Research on Climate Change. The research project is called “Land Use Change in Amazonia: Institutional Analysis and Modelling at multiple temporal and spatial scales (LUA/IAM)” and its full description is found here. Our core question is How interrelated are the trajectories of land systems and the evolution of institutional arrangements in Amazonia?

We will study how human-induced land change over the past 40 years results from the institutional arrangements that influence how the region´s resources are controlled and owned. These arrangements act upon land tenure, territorial planning, market chains, and public policies. We expect the project to provide the basis for developing more robust environmental models, which consider the complexity of social interactions in Amazonia.

We have produced a position paper on the relation between deforestation and technology trajectory for productive systems in Amazonia.

The homepage for the LUA/IAM project is found here .

Research Themes

Courses and Papers



Our research is funded by INPE, with support from the GEOMA Research Network for Environmental Modelling for Amazon, Brazil´s National Research Council CNPq and FAPESP - Research Foundation for São Paulo State.

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INPE´s research in Geospatial Change Modelling is closely supported by and related to our research group on Geoinformatics, whose research topics are described here.

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