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“GeoChronos is a stepping stone towards a broader vision of bringing together a dispersed research community. It will raise awareness of the planet’s ecosystems, harnessing the power behind remote sensing and other cyberinfrastructure technologies to help governments evaluate the effectiveness of their environmental practices.” — Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, Director, Centre for Earth Observation Sciences, University of Alberta. Image courtesy of NASA.

The Challenge:

To provide a geographically dispersed research community with customized tools to help them manage and share environmental monitoring data.

The Solution

GeoChronos was a set of collaboration and management tools, hosted in an online portal, that enabled earth observation researchers to integrate, analyze, visualize and share environmental monitoring data. The portal combined data integration tools, scientific applications and various computing resources into a single point of access. Using satellite technology, pictures of the Earth were collected continuously and stored in the portal. GeoChronos then provided scientists with social networking tools to discuss, analyze and make effective use of this data.

How GeoChronos affects you:

The research and analysis supported by GeoChronos help earth observation scientists develop a better understanding of the impacts of climate change, biodiversity and environmental disturbances on the Earth’s ecosystem. The scope of this research was broad — running from deforestation effects on animal migration, to carbon levels in local fauna. As well as enabling the detailed study of such Earth issues, the project was also at the forefront of “green” IT research. With support from CANARIE’s GreenStar Network, the GeoChronos successfully switched over to a renewably-run computer centre at the beginning of 2011.


This project, valyes at over $1 milion, was jointly funded by Cybera and CANARIE.


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Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil