Carbon fluxes in the Orinoco Basin: an atmospheric perspective.

Project: Research Project

Project Details


Main objective: To improve our understanding of the CO2 and CH4 balance of the Colombian Llanos.

Objective 1. Establish the first record of long-term atmospheric measurements in the Colombian plains.

Objective 2. Understand the magnitude of the CO2 sequestration potential of natural vegetation within the Colombian Llanos.

Objective 3. Quantify the seasonal and interannual variability in the CO2 balance in the Colombian Llanos.

Objective 4. Quantify the methane balance in the Colombian Llanos.

Objective 5. Quantify the seasonal and interannual variability in the CH4 balance in the Colombian Llanos.


Methane, carbon dioxide, atmospheric measurements, satellite measurements, wetlands, vegetation, fires, carbon cycle.

Commitments / Obligations

1) Training of a post-doc student.

2) Training of undergraduate or postgraduate students as research assistants.

3) Strengthen the alliance with the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and create a new alliance with Unillanos.

4) Scientific congress-day at the Unillanos headquarters for the dissemination of the results to students and local political actors.

5) Scientific article for an international journal.

6) Database with weekly air measurements.
Effective start/end date4/1/2310/30/24

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Main Funding Source

  • Competitive Funds
  • Seed Capital


  • Arauca
  • Yopal
  • Inírida
  • Villavicencio
  • Puerto Carreño
  • San José del Guaviare


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