Brazil: The Republic of Brazil will justify its right for the free distribution of satellite images and data during the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-VII) and Beijing Ministerial Summit. The summit will be held next week (November 3 – 5) in Beijing, China; according to the Ministry of Science and Technology Agency, Brazil.
Brazil supports the free distribution of satellite data, known as the Data Democracy and Capacity Building programme since June 2004. The Capacity Building is an initiative that also seeks to provide satellite data free of charge, to build a common infrastructure with capacity to receive this information, interpret and transmit it easily to the end user.
Gilberto Camara, Director, National Institute for Space Research (INPE), will represent the country during the summit. The GEO is an inter-governmental organisation of 84 countries and 56 international organisations including European Commission.
GEO Summit in China, at the ministerial level, will assess the implementation plan adopted in 2005 and define the goals for 2011-2013.
The main goals are to improve access to GEO data from Earth observation and discuss their applications, and coordinate efforts to implement the Global Observing System of Systems (GEOSS).
Last year, five years after the policy was implemented, Brazil distributed its one millionth satellite image. The country has been actively distributing images to businesses, organisations and countries that require the data for the study of environmental applications, agriculture and weather.
According to INPE, the success of this pioneering initiative encouraged other countries, including the US, to provide orbiting satellite images of medium resolution.
The region benefiting from Brazilian policies is South America, which has access to its images, received by INPE’s station in the city of Cuiabá.
The Institute also signed agreements to offer African countries Cbers images that reach the ground receiving stations of Hartebeeshoek (South Africa), Aswan (Egypt) and Maspaloms (Canary Island).