The project, named Rebrota, which is Portuguese for regrowth, aims to analyse satellite imagery using hundreds of thousands of geotagged pictures from the internet to map the past and present vegetation of the Cerrado, as the Brazilian savannah is called. The project will also rely on the expertise of university researchers in the region and from the University of Exeter in the UK. The outcomes of this work will help to restore Cerradoland that was cleared for agriculture but then abandoned. Restoring natural vegetation to this land will provide significant climate and biodiversity benefits in support of resilient and sustainable local communities.

The Rebrota project was one of 73 proposals that GameChanger received in response to a targeted "call for solutions" that sought ways to transform earth-observation data into actionable insights that Shell could adapt to address the climate-change challenges it faces in providing more and cleaner energy for society.

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