Max Planck Gesellschaft

Lina M. Estupinan-Suarez

PhD student, Member of the research group: Empirical Inference of the Earth System
room: C1.006 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 576221
email: lestup(at)

Research Interests:

Methodological Aspects:

  • Time series analysis
  • Remote sensing and GIS


  • Biodiversity indicators, wetlands....


  • MSc in Geo-informatics and Earth Observation (Lund University and ITC - University of Twente)
  • Major in Biology, National University of Colombia

Current Projects:

PhD project: “Understanding the temporal filtering of climate variability by terrestrial ecosystems in the neotropic”.




· Linscheid, N., Estupinan-Suarez, L. M., Brenning, A., Carvalhais, N., Cremer, F., Gans, F., Rammig, A., Reichstein, M., Sierra, C. A., and Mahecha, M. D.: Towards a global understanding of vegetation–climate dynamics at multiple timescales, Biogeosciences, 17, 945–962,, 2020.

· Mahecha, M. D., Gans, F., Brandt, G., Christiansen, R., Cornell, S. E., Fomferra, N., Kraemer, G., Peters, J., Bodesheim, P., Camps-Valls, G., Donges, J. F., Dorigo, W., Estupinan-Suarez, L. M., Gutierrez-Velez, V. H., Gutwin, M., Jung, M., Londoño, M. C., Miralles, D. G., Papastefanou, P., and Reichstein, M.: Earth system data cubes unravel global multivariate dynamics, Earth Syst. Dynam., 11, 201–234,, 2020.

· Ricaurte, L.F., Patiño, J.E., Zambrano, D.F.R., Arias-G, J.C., Acevedo, O., Aponte, C., Medina, R., González, M., Rojas, S., Flórez, C., Estupinan-Suarez, Lina M., Jaramillo, Ú., Santos, A.C., Lasso, C.A., Nivia, A.A.D., Calle, S.R., Vélez, J.I., Acosta, J.H.C., Duque, S.R., Núñez-Avellaneda, M., Correa, I.D., Rodríguez-Rodríguez, J.A., Vilardy Q, S.P., Prieto-C, A. Rudas-Ll, A., Cleef, A.M. Finlayson, C.M., Junk, al. 2019. A Classification System for Colombian Wetlands: an Essential Step Forward in Open Environmental Policy-Making. Wetlands 39, 971–990. 2019.

· Baptiste, B., Pinedo-Vasquez, M., Gutierrez-Velez, V.H., Andrade, G.I., Vieira, P., Estupiñán-Suárez, L.M., Londoño, M.C., Laurance, W., Lee, T.M., 2017. Greening peace in Colombia. Nature. Ecology and Evolution. 1, 0102.

· Sierra, C. A., Mahecha, M., Poveda, G., Álvarez-Dávila, E., Gutierrez- Velez, V.H., Reu B, Feilhauer, H., Anáya, J., Armenteras, D., Benavides, A.M., Buendia, C., Duque, A., Estupiñan-Suarez, L.M., González, Gonzalez-Caro, S., Jimenez R.,, Kraemer, G., Londoño, M.C., Orrego, S.A., Posada, J.M., Ruiz-Carrascal, D., Skowronek, S. 2017. Monitoring ecological change during rapid socio-economic and political transitions: Colombian ecosystems in the post-conflict era. Environmental Science & Policy. Volumen 76, pages 40-49, ISSN 1462-9011,

· Patino, J.E. and L.M. Estupinan-Suarez. 2016. Hotspots of wetland area loss in Colombia. Wetlands 36: 935. doi:10.1007/s13157- 016-0806-z

Non Peer-reviewed:

· Estupinan-Suarez, L.M., O.A. León and C. Sarmiento. 2017. Disturbance Regime. In: A sourcebook of methods and procedures for monitoring Essential Biodiversity Variables in tropical forests with remote sensing. Eds: GOFC-GOLD, GEOBON. Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

· Estupinan-Suarez, L.M., C. Florez-Ayala, M. Quinones, A.M. Pacheco and A.C. Santos. 2015. Detection and Characterization of Colombian Wetlands: Integrating geospatial data with remote sensing derived data. Using ALOS PALSAR and MODIS. Conference paper. The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XL-7/W3. 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, 11–15 May 2015, Berlin, Germany.

Master Thesis

· Estupiñán-Suarez, L.M. 2013. Analysis of NDVI time series to detect bush encroachment: A case study in Cadiz (Spain) assessing three different methods on the basis of minimum NDVI. Thesis of Master of Science GEM course.ITC Faculty, University of Twente. The Netherlands

Peer review journals in Spanish

· Quiñones, M., M. Vissers, A.M. Pacheco-Pascaza, C. Flórez, L.M. Estupiñán-Suárez, C. Aponte, Ú. Jaramillo, C. Huertas and D. Hoekman. 2016. Time series analysis of the Alos PALSAR radar data using an ecosystem approach for the detection and mapping of flooded areas in Continental Colombia. Biota Colombiana. Vol. 17 (Sup 1 – Humedales): 63-85. DOI: 10.21068/c001.

· Flórez, C., L.M. Estupiñán-Suárez, S. Rojas, C. Aponte, M. Quiñones, O, Acevedo, S. Vilardy y U. Jaramillo. 2016. Identificación espacial de los sistemas de humedales continentales de Colombia. Biota Colombiana 17 (Sup. 1 - Humedales): 44-62. DOI: 10.21068/c2016s01a03

Sections/chapters in Spanish books

· Cortés-Duque, J. and L.M. Estupiñán-Suárez. (Eds.). 2016. The water prints: A methodology to identify and understand the limits of Colombian wetlands “Las huellas del agua. Propuesta metodológica para identificar y comprender el límite de los humedales de Colombia”. Instituto Humboldt. Fondo Adaptación. Bogotá D. C., Colombia. 340 pp.

· Estupinan Suarez, L. 2015/2016. Coauthor in different sections of Colombia Amphia: A country of wetlands. Jaramillo, Cortés-Duque and Flórez (eds.) 2016. Volume 1 and 2. Coffee table books Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt. Bogotá. colombiaanfibiav1-en

· Vilardy, S., Jaramillo, Ú., Flórez, C., Cortés-Duque, J., Estupiñán, L., et al. 2014. Principios y criterios para la delimitación de humedales continentales: una herramienta para fortalecer la resiliencia y la adaptación al cambio climático en Colombia. Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt. Bogotá, 100 pág.

Selected Conference & Workshop contributions:

· CCB 2017: 28 th International Congress of Conservation Biology. Symposium organizer and oral presentation. 22-27 th August, Cartagena, Colombia. Mahecha, M. Gans, F., Estupiñan-Suarez. L.M., et al. Towards an earth system data cube for Colombian biodiversity dimensions: current status and potential. Oral presentation by: Estupiñán-Suárez L.M.

· Biod4Fut 2017: Managing risks of biodiversity tipping points in South America’s deforestation frontiers. Workshop organized by PIK.19-21 th June, Potsdam Germany. Estupiñan-Suarez L.M. and Mahecha M. The Earths System Data Cube (ESDC) and its application for Biodiversity dimensions studies in Colombia. Oral presentation by: Estupiñán-Suárez L.M.

· EOS 2016: Workshop on a Conceptual Development for an Ecological Observatory System in Colombia. Medellín, 21-25 th Nov. Estupiñán-Suárez, L.M. and Londoño, M.C. From Science to Management: outcomes from Humboldt Institute in ecological monitoring.. By: Estupiñán-Suárez.

· ISRSE 2015: 36 th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment. 11-15 th May 2015, Berlin, Germany. Estupiñan-Suarez, L.M, Flórez, C., Quiñones, M., Pacheco A.M. and Santos A.C. Detection and Characterization of Colombian Wetlands. Oral presentation by: Estupiñán- Suárez L.M.

· SELPER 2014: XVI International Symposium SELPER. Latin-American Society of Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Systems. 29 th Sep -3 rd Oct. Medellín. Colombia. Estupiñán-Suárez L.M. and Flórez C. Advances on wetlands detection in Colombia. Oral presentation by: Estupiñán-Suárez.LM.

Curriculum Vitae

  • since 06/2018          PhD student at the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Jena, Department of Biogeochemical Integration, Empirical Inference Group.
  • 09/2016-05/2018          Associate researcher in the Program of Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment. Research Insitute of Natural Resources Alexander von Humboldt (Bogota, Colombia)
  • 08/2013-05/2016     Assisstant researcher in the Strategic Ecosystem Program- Wetlands component. Research Insitute of Natural Resources Alexander von Humboldt (Bogota, Colombia)
  • 01-03/2010 - 01-08/2011   Associate researcher in the Ecologial Restoration Group (GREUNAL), Nacional University of Colombia (Bogota, Colombia)

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