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Eyes on Earth Episode 39 – Brazil’s Water Use

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we hear how Landsat aids water use studies in Brazil.

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Brazilian and U.S. researchers, pictured with the logo for the USGS EROS podcast Eyes on Earth
Sérgio Ayrimoraes, Mac Friedrichs and Thiago Fontenelle

Summary: Brazil is a fascinating study in water use. Brazil uses roughly 72 percent of its water for irrigated agriculture, and its herds of cattle, pigs and poultry are among the largest in the world. Water management teams from that country’s National Water Agency have worked in recent years with researchers from the USGS EROS Center to learn how to map, and therefore more effectively manage, the South American country’s water resources. On this episode of Eyes on Earth, we hear from the Brazilian water experts and one of their collaborators at EROS.

Guest:  Sérgio Ayrimoraes and Thiago Fontenelle, Brazilian National Water Agency; Mac Friedrichs, Contractor, USGS EROS

Host: Steve Young

Producer: John Hult

Release date: November 30, 2020

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