Geotecnologias e mídia social como ferramentas para alerta de eventos climáticos extremos: exemplo da seca de 2016 na Amazônia Sul-ocidental

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This article reports on the approach of a research group to communicate alerts for the 2016 drought in soutwestern Amazonia. The Land Use and Global Change Studies Section (Setem) of the Federal University of Acre has helped provide early warnings for climate extremes during the past 11 years when southwestern Amazonia faced three severe droughts in 2005, 2010 and 2016 in the Madre de Dios/Peru – Acre/Brazil – Pando/Bolivia or MAP Region. In an effort to better inform and alert civil society in the three countries, the Setem group decided to disseminate information on meteorological data, fires and satellite images of the 2016 drought via the Setem Facebook page. About 56,000 contacts were recorded from posts that included 6 articles published in local newspapers, 4 TV interviews and 31 newsletters. About 46 emails sent to 150 more people and entities with detailed alerts. Research groups can provide complementary information for civil society about natural disasters and help facilitate adaptation to extreme climate events.