[Sdi-latinamericacaribbean] South American Ecosystems Atlas
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South American Ecosystems Atlas
Atlas de Ecossistemas da América do Sul e Antártica através de Imagens de Satélite
Source: GIM International (October 2007, Volume 21, Issue 10), http://www.gim-international.com/issues/articles/id991-South_American_Ecosystems_Atlas.html
[ highlighted in SDI-LAC, Vol. 3, No. 8 (August 2006), http://www.gsdi.org/Newsletters/SDILACv3n8English.pdf ]
The Ecosystems Atlas of South America and Antarctica is an educational programme for primary-school pupils. The initiative includes:
-development of educational material on the subjects of geography, science and the environment
-distribution of data and educational material for study of the envirÂonment and natural resources
-awareness raising of primary-school pupils of important ecosystems in South America and Antarctic
-easily access to pupils to the results of environmental remote-sensing research.
Software is distributed free to South American institutions that develop educational activities relating to the environment. The project is the result of successful collaboration between the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and Vale do Paraiba University, supported by the Bradesco, Vitae and Atech foundations.
Forty-four professionals from seventeen institutions in eleven countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela) participated in developing the Atlas. All contributors were involved in remote sensing but their backgrounds varied from ecology to cartography to forest engineering. The Atlas was developed completely by internet; project participants never met. It is distributed in CD-ROM format in Portuguese and Spanish and is free to those developing education programmes relating to the environment in South America. The Atlas includes 250 images (satellite imagery and photographs) and 147 pieces of text. The imagery (JPG format) includes that derived from Landsat/TM, Spot, Cbers, NOAA/AVHRR, ERS, Envisat, Terra/Acqua, SAC-C and Goes, and differs in resolution and bandwidth to highlight the dynamics of ecosystems illustrated. The Atlas includes resources on two eco-regions, the Amazon rain forest
and Atlantic forest in Brazil, and nineteen ecosystems. Topics covered include ecology and ecosystems, climate, physical geography (relief, river basin), socio-economic aspects (economy, folklore, traditions, language, food and demography), and fundamentals of remote sensing. Information about the movement of the earth is demonstrated with globe animation, highlighting seasons and cloud-cover. The Atlas was tested in two Bradesco foundation primary schools for the underprivileged before being presented to the wider educational community.
The Atlas can be ordered by completing application forms on the Atlas website.
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