Translations of this page:

LOL - new TerraLAB BLOG


TerraLab is the INPE/UFOP laboratory for Modeling and Simulation of Earth’s Systems. Being a partnership between INPE and UFOP, the TerraLab laboratory develops computer systems related to geo-processing and to environmental modeling.

The science of Earth’s systems

The intensification of environmental changes caused by anthropogenic processes, whose impacts are often negatives to the environment, demands that researchers, employers, and governments search for answers to the scientific and technological challenges related to the understanding of Earth’s Systems behavior. The Earth System Science is a new paradigm in which the Earth’s environment is conceived as the outcome of nature-society interactions, i.e., interaction between anthropic systems (land use system, transport system, land tenure system ) with biophysical and chemical systems (climate system, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems). It is centralized on the study of combined behavior of many coupled quantitative models, even without the complete knowledge about the behavior of the subsystems they represent.

“The Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, offers the following definition: “Earth system science embraces chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics and applied sciences in transcending disciplinary boundaries to treat the Earth as an integrated system and seeks a deeper understanding of the physical, chemical, biological and human interactions that determine the past, current and future states of the Earth. Earth system science provides a physical basis for understanding the world in which we live and upon which humankind seeks to achieve sustainability.”” (wikipedia)

Our mission

The TerraLab laboratory has the following objectives:

  1. To develop spatially explicit dynamic models to understand better the past, present and future behavior of Earth’s systems.
  2. To implement these models as software that support the decision making about human and institutional actions on Earth's systems.
  3. To develop geo-technologies that help modeling and simulation of Earth’s systems, for instance, geographic information of systems (GIS), signal processing tools, simulation engines, etc.
  4. To act as a teaching and research platform for undergraduate and graduate courses.
  5. To capacitate skilled labor on environmental model development.
  6. To disseminate the technologies used and developed by the laboratory.

Cooperation Agreements

  • Through the Earth System Modelling and Simulation Laboratory - TerraLAB, the Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP) keeps a five years long (2007-2012) cooperation agreement with the National Institute of Space Research (INPE) for conducting scientific and technological projects with the Image Processing Division (DPI/OBT) and the Earth System Science Center (CCST).
  • The TerraLAB also keeps a five years long (2010-2015) international agreement for faculty and student exchange with the Institute of GeoInformatic, (IFIG, WW Munster University ( WWU Munster), German.


Computer Department (DECOM)
Exacts and Biological Sciences Institute (ICEB)
Federal Universe of Ouro Preto (UFOP)
Campus Universitário - Morro do Cruzeiro
Ouro Preto, MG - CEP 35400-000


In Other Languages
Translations of this page: