Laura Arenas

Laura Arenas


Currently, I am doing my PhD framed into the project; "Predictive technologies for climate-smart agriculture" Led by the University of Leeds, in partnership with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and CCAFS F2 Core Leadership. Prior,  I worked in the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), in the Greenhouse gas Laboratory as a part of soil research group in Colombia, first as visiting student doing my master thesis and then as a research assistant working on practices of mitigation on agriculture and livestock in the tropics, GHG measurement protocols and GHG modelling using process-based soil models.

Research interests

My current research focuses on assessing the impact of Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) on Latin American rice systems and Conservation Agriculture in Sub-Sahara Africa from a Climate Smart Agriculture approach. Additionally, the development of metrics that support the assessment of "Climate-Smartness" for agricultural systems and the use of modelling approach to simulate impacts of Climate-Smart practices adoption on GHG emissions, soil and productivity.


  • BSc, Biology, Universidad del Quindio
  • MSc, Environmental Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
  • Climate Science and Impacts