Mapping with satellite imagery

Mapping land use and land cover using satellite images suits the most diverse range of environmental and agribusiness applications. Satellites, however, do not show everything. Therefore, the images taken from above are complemented by ancillary data and field data. Agrosatélite uses technological tools to process and extract precise and reliable information. The MapS line serves local-scale demands, covering specific periods, as well as historical analyses encompassing large regions, entire biomes, or countries.

What MapS delivers

  • Comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the territories of interest to the client.
  • Rationalization of resource use, increasing the capacity for planning and the opportunity to adopt effective and sustainable production strategies.
  • Following and understanding the movements of agricultural frontiers, of land use intensification processes, and of the environmental impacts caused by deforestation, including the resultant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Potential clients

Sectoral organization of producers and industries, foundations, NGOs, governments, grain traders and meat packers.

What is offered

The MapS line from Agrosatélite can map the following environmental and agriculture-related aspects.


Demonstrates, in a variety of contexts, the expansion and intensification dynamics of Brazilian agriculture — it can also present their impacts on the environment and on production. The analysis of land use/land cover change is Agrosatélite’s specialty, which is considered a reference in its field. The company has a recognized technical and scientific background and the capacity to select satellite images taken at the most important moments for this type of assessment. It also has thorough knowledge of the territory’s dynamics allowing to provide geographic intelligence solutions.


Involves analysis of adaptations by production chains, regions or clients to determined regulatory frameworks. For example, the maps can show compliance with the Brazilian Forest Code and can present the results obtained through voluntary environmental commitments assumed by different production chains, companies and associations. This is the case for signed multilateral agreements between the productive sector, civil society and public institutions, such as the Soy Moratorium in the Amazon biome. Confirmation of the commitments assumed in these regulatory frameworks is made on the basis of satellite images and ancillary data to track the historical land use and precisely identify the key land use and land cover changes.


Identifies the application of different agricultural management techniques, such as irrigation, mechanized sugarcane harvest, renovation of sugarcane fields through crop rotation, soil preparation, grassland renovation, adoption of crop-livestock-forest integration systems (ICLFS), direct planting and second-crop cultivation, among others. This is done by observing the land interventions on satellite images. The MapS line’s agricultural management maps aid in the negotiation of environmental commitments, water resource management, the definition of marketing strategies for selling machinery, fertilizers and commodities, and the supply of agricultural credit, as well as defining public policies that impact the land use.