Paramaribo Atmospheric observatory is located in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname at the northern coast of South America. Although it lies on the south-western edge of the city, it is still in a relatively pristine environment due to its close proximity to the ocean and to the Amazone forest, which stretches all the way past the southern borders of Suriname. The orography on this part of the South American continent is relatively flat, leaving the background atmosphere relatively unperturbed as it is advected by the easterly trade winds over this location.
Land use (within 10 km)
urban 23%, tree broadleaved evergreen closed to open 22%, mosaic tree and shrub 18%, mosaic natural vegetation 17%, mosaic cropland 8%, cropland rainfed herbaceous cover 6%, water 5%, shrubland 1% (source ESA CCI landcover product)