Characterization of greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollutants in the lower troposphere of the colombian orinoquía, integrating drone and satelital technology

Project Details


The geographical characteristics of the majority of the country, the changing wind fluxes, the climate change conditions, and the energy flows in the sun-atmosphere-earth interaction, have led to the current models not reflecting with good precision the conditions of atmospheric pollution and greenhouse gas production. therefore, this project proposes the study of the conditions of production of atmospheric pollutants and greenhouse gases in the lower troposphere air column in the region of the colombian orinoquía. region where the greatest emissions are generated by the burning of plant material of the country, due to the transformation of the territory for the adaptation of the soil, within the productive processes that take place there. for which, the system called ovni, developed by the san buenaventura university and the university of medellín, will be implemented. this system has sensors for the measurement of gases and particles, which has a coupling system for aerial vehicles type drone. the measurements in height with aerial vehicle technology will be integrated with top-down, taken by different satellites of nasa, esa, jaxa projects and modeled with mathematical techniques that allow us to better understand the troposphere, interaction, composition of the main gases ghg and atmospheric is also expected for this work, to develop a calibration system based on national and international regulations, to comply with procedures of appropriate use of measuring and calibration equipment, following guidelines for the management of measurement processes and metrological confirmation (calibrate, verify and act) that can give greater credibility to the measures taken by the measurement system.


Determine the concentration of greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollutants at different altitudes in the low troposphere of the colombian orinoquía, integrating data captured by sensors on board uva's and satelital technology

Expected results

Article on test flights in tropical savannahs (c), article on sensor calibration system (b), article on stochastic modeling of particulate matter in the low troposphere of tropical savannas (a), article on the quantification of ch4, co, co2, o3, no2 and atmospheric pollutants, produced in the low troposphere of tropical savannahs, using non-parametric modeling and satellite remote sensing (a), document final technical report of the project, industrial design records, training of young researchers within seedbeds research. manual of operation of the calibration system, three presentations in scientific events, information system implemented with the results of the models developed in the project, three undergraduate jobs (undergraduate), two postgraduate level graduate jobs.
Effective start/end date1/08/1730/01/19


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