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GEOCATIE present at the largest event on Geographic Information Systems in the region

  • During the Regional Conference of ESRI Users, CATIE will show its scientific development work focused on agriculture, biodiversity, climate action and ecosystem services.

November, 2020. At the international level, there is a space in which the main actors in Geographic Information Systems (SIG) converge: The Regional Conference of Users of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). This year, the information platform with geospatial technologies called GEOCATIE, which is led by the Climate Action Unit of CATIE (Tropical Agronomic Research and Higher Education Center) and its Eco systemic  Modeling Laboratory), will participate prominently in this recognized space, thanks to its experience in the implementation of geospatial tools.

The conference, which will be held from November 24 to 25, intends to bring together the community of users from various knowledge areas and with a broad vision of the future, to share innovative practices and learn about the latest geospatial technologies, seeking generate significant changes that help improve today's world through SIG. This regional conference is led by Geotechnologies, S.A., ESRI's Central American node; one of the leading companies in the development and commercialization of software for SIG, based in California, United States.

“In this space, we will present GEOCATIE as an intelligent ecosystem facing the challenge of digital transformation, as well as CATIE's scientific work on agriculture, biodiversity management and conservation, climate action and ecosystem services, contributing in an integral way to achieve sustainable and inclusive human well-being”, said Grettel Vargas, a specialist in the Center's Climate Action Unit.

GEOCATIE was created in 2018 but it had been growing for about a decade. “At that time, our thinking was ahead of the available technology and there was no suitable architecture in terms of design and administration of geographic, cartographic and dynamic content to display data in a safe, agile and real time manner. Currently, GEOCATIE allows us all this, as well as to host all the projects, consultancies, products, work histories, geographic databases, among others, generated by the Ecosystem Modeling Laboratory, and which can be consulted from any location in the world, through the ArcGIS Online technological solution and its Open Data system, available to the entire scientific knowledge development community”, Vargas highlighted.

“We, GEOCATIE, are anticipating the future needs of our regional partners. The platform responds to next-generation technological challenges, with certified security and interoperability standards, with ready-to-use geographic content, high-performance architectures and cloud computing, as well as a scalable design. In addition, it contemplates the current concepts of digital transformation about collaborating, including and sharing information facing the challenges of the current era”, added Vargas.

In addition, Vargas commented that GEOCATIE is available for research projects and technical assistance, as well as to help solve the needs of CATIE's partners throughout Latin America. Besides, it contains geospatial information with biophysical, socioeconomic, political-administrative data, current and future climate, ecosystem services, human environment and global change; data is shared under the philosophy of Open Data, which can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone around the world.

Within the GEOCATIE Open Data it is possible to find the following topics: member countries, academic information, climate, geothemes, campus biodiversity, training, CATIE community and biodiversity node. Likewise, within the Hub Website for GEOCATIE there are work histories, priorities, initiatives, projects, publications and various master teaching courses.

With its participation in the Regional Conference of ESRI Users, GEOCATIE hopes to outreach CATIE and its Ecosystem Modeling Laboratory as a regional node of scientific knowledge and development, with innovative and transformative ideas through smart work ecosystems, with integrative and interoperable capacities between communities and their international headquarters, building strategies for operational efficiency and geospatial intelligence.


More information:

Grettel Vargas
Specialist in Geomatics, Big Data and Remote Sensors
Ecosystem Modeling Laboratory
Climate Action Unit



Karla Salazar Leiva
Information and Communication Technology
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