MapBiomas sets up app to help searches for Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips

High-resolution satellite images of the Javari Valley are available for anyone to sift through for clues

June 11, 2022 - The MapBiomas team has set up a tool for anyone anywhere in the world with internet access to help in the search for the indigenous expert Bruno Pereira and the British journalist Dom Phillips. The idea is to form a joint effort to search satellite images of the region of Vale do Javari, in Amazonas State, where the two disappeared on June 5.

The high-resolution material from Skysat, Planet and Capella satellites was kindly provided by Capella Satelites and Planet/SCCON and is being organized by the MapBiomas team on the Google Earth Engine platform, and can be accessed here, through the browser of the computer or mobile phone. Knowledge of georeferencing programs is not required to use the application. When finding something that draws attention, the user must inform the coordinates that appear on the map by email (with the title Bruno and Dom searches). The information will be organized and passed on to the investigative bodies working on the case.

The processing of the very high resolution images is being done with the tool already online and available to everyone. The interactive map is being updated all the time, with new images. Among those that will go up in the next few hours is the material taken on Thursday (10) by the Capella Space radar, which can see between the clouds. In addition to Capella, Planet and SCCON provided the images.