Unpublished mapping of the environmental sensitivity of the southern coast of Bahia

In emergency situations, it is paramount for information to be readily available for swift decision-making. To enable more accurate responses, we are working on an unprecedented initiative that involves mapping out the environmental sensitivity of coastal ecosystems in the south of Bahia, especially mangroves. Joining forces with university researchers from two states, we used remote sensing and environmental computer modeling to develop the JAPI Project, named a bird native to the region. JAPI identified and classified the level of sensitivity of each local ecosystem, considering tide variations and behavior changes in the ecosystems, depending on the season. It is the most complete, detailed, and localized study on the topic ever developed in Brazil.

Project developed by COPPE-UFRJ, UFBA, and PROOCEANO. Funded by Enauta through the Federal Law for Incentive to Oil Research and Development (R&D).

Duration: 2011 to 2014.
Scope: South coast of Bahia
Investment: R$7 million
website: http://projetojapi.lamce.coppe.ufrj.br/