Sustainability and Social Justice

Date of Award


Degree Type

Final Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in GIS for Development and Environment (GISDE)


International Development, Community and Environment

Chief Instructor

Dr. Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger


iracambi, rainforest, web map, web maps, arcgis, arcgis pro


The purpose of this report is to provide a detailed account, discussion, and analysis of my internship at Iracambi Atlantic Rainforest Research Center in Minas Gerais, Brazil during the summer of 2017, where I worked under the direction of GIS Supervisor Mr. Cliff Jones. The central focus of my work dealt with consolidating existing GIS data on the organization’s rainforest restoration effort into a single normalized database - based on the Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact, creating a structure for future forest restoration volunteers including enabling offline field collection using Collector for ArcGIS, then creating an ArcGIS Online web map based on this new single database. I also was educated on environmental issues related to mining in the area, including taking a guided tour of bauxite mining.

This internship was a great environmental and cultural educational experience that afforded me the opportunity to work on environmental issues in the field, in a very unique setting. I developed GIS technical skills in web mapping, field data collection, and database management, using a number of new software tools. Following the requirements of the Master of Science in Geographic Information Science for Development & Environment program at Clark University, this report provides information on the purpose and structure of the organization, a detailed account of my internship, and a personal assessment of my internship.



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