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ATTO - the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory

_About ATTO

ATTO is a joint German-Brazilian project launched in 2009. It is an infrastructure platform for observing forest-atmosphere interactions and their impact on climate, atmospheric chemistry, aerosols and clouds, and greenhouse gases. In its first phase, the project was initiated and the ATTO site was founded jointly by the Brazilian National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA), and the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPI-C).


Since March 2016, with the tall tower construction complete, ATTO has entered a new phase of research, adding the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC) in a leadership role together with MPI-C and INPA. ATTO is funded by MCTI (Brazil), BMBF (Germany) and the Max-Planck Society.

The ATTO site has 2 80-m towers and a new 325-m tall tower as well as a field camp, power generators, and laboratory containers.




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  • July 2018 ATTO web presence
You can now find out more about ATTO on its brandnew webpage www.ATTOproject.org! You can also follow project updates on Social Media at @ATTOresearch on Twitter, @ATTOresearch on Instagram, @ATTOproject on Facebook and ATTO - Amazon Tall Tower Observatory on Youtube.
  • 19-Apr-2018 ATTO workshop
The ATTO workshop draft agenda is available and the registration is now open.
  • 23-Mar-2018 ATTO workshop - Save the date
The next ATTO workshop will take place in Jena, 18. – 20. June 2018. More information to follow soon.
  • 26-Feb-2018 Post-doc positions in ATTO project
With unique facilities, centered on the 325 meter tower and two 80 m towers about 150 km northeast of Manaus, ATTO provides an unprecedented platform to study the role of Amazon tropical forests in Earth system processes and climate. The towers are equipped with instruments to measure greenhouse gases and their isotopes, reactive trace gases, aerosols and clouds, as well as micrometeorological data to study forest energy and carbon balance. Additional projects investigate the processes that give rise to observed forest-atmosphere exchanges. Research within the ATTO project is divided into four major themes: 1. Regional greenhouse gas balance; 2. Physical climate: Energy, water, and winds; 3. Aerosols, clouds, and atmospheric processes; 4. Processes regulating land-air exchange.
We are offering post-doc positions at INPA and for each of the four themes one position is available. The four scientists will be based at INPA and interact with national and international groups involved in the ATTO project. Post-docs interested in one of these positions must have a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or a closely related field. They must be prepared to work in a self-contained manner and willing to work in the field under basic field conditions. ATTO offers the opportunity to work in a unique, highly international scientific environment and the ability to interact with a range of interdisciplinary and international scientists. The post-doc scholarships are for 3 years at a salary of R$4100 per month.
Please send your applications including a letter of interest, CV and certificates not later than on 25 March 2018 to Bruno Takeshi. In your letter, please indicate the direction of research that you would prefer. If any questions should arise, please contact Bruno Takeshi or one of the two coordinators – Beto Quesada (INPA) or Susan Trumbore (MPI-BGC).
For additional information, see the full announcement here.
  • 16-Oct-2017 Workshop on building research at ATTO
On 4 and 5 October, we participated at the ATTO workshop hosted by the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA; Manaus, Brazil). The main objectives were to present current work related to the ATTO site and plan future joint research at and around ATTO.
The workshop participants agreed to produce a new science plan that integrates research on energy, water, aerosols, and greenhouse gases exchange between the central Amazon forests and the atmosphere, and explores the role of volatile organics and trace gases on cloud formation and atmospheric chemistry. Over the next 20 years, ATTO scientists aim at providing new knowledge on the role of the Amazon forest in the global climate system and its response to changing climate.

_ Latest ATTO publications

1Saturno, J., Holanda, B. A., Pöhlker, C., Ditas, F., Wang, Q., Moran-Zuloaga, D., Brito, J., Carbone, S., Cheng, Y., Chi, X., Ditas, J., Hoffmann, T., de Angelis, I. H., Könemann, T., Lavric, J. V., Ma, N., Ming, J., Paulsen, H., Pöhlker, M. L., Rizzo, L. V., Schlag, P., Su, H., Walter, D., Wolff, S., Zhang, Y., Artaxo, P., Pöschl, U., Andreae, M. O. (2018). Black and brown carbon over central Amazonia: long-term aerosol measurements at the ATTO site. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(17), 12817-12843. doi:10.5194/acp-18-12817-2018.
2de Sá, S. S., Palm, B. B., Campuzano-Jost, P., Day, D. A., Hu, W., Isaacman-VanWertz, G., Yee, L. D., Brito, J., Carbone, S., Ribeiro, I. O., Cirino, G. G., Liu, Y. J., Thalman, R., Sedlacek, A., Funk, A., Schumacher, C., Shilling, J. E., Schneider, J., Artaxo, P., Goldstein, A. H., Souza, R. A. F., Wang, J., McKinney, K. A., Barbosa, H., Alexander, M. L., Jimenez, J. L., Martin, S. T. (2018). Urban influence on the concentration and composition of submicron particulate matter in central Amazonia. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18, 12185-12206. doi:10.5194/acp-18-12185-2018.
3Pöhlker, M. L., Ditas, F., Saturno, J., Klimach, T., de Angelis, I. H., Araùjo, A. C., Brito, J., Carbone, S., Cheng, Y., Chi, X., Ditz, R., Gunthe, S. S., Holanda, B. A., Kandler, K., Kesselmeier, J., Könemann, T., Krüger, O. O., Lavric, J. V., Martin, S. T., Mikhailov, E., Moran-Zuloaga, D., Rizzo, L. V., Rose, D., Su, H., Thalman, R., Walter, D., Wang, J., Wolff, S., Barbosa, H. M. J., Artaxo, P., Andreae, M. O., Pöschl, U., Pöhlker, C. (2018). Long-term observations of cloud condensation nuclei over the Amazon rain forest – Part 2: Variability and characteristics of biomass burning, long-range transport, and pristine rain forest aerosols. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18, 10289-10331. doi:10.5194/acp-18-10289-2018.
4Yañez-Serrano, A. M., Nölscher, A. C., Bourtsoukidis, E., Alves, E. G., Ganzeveld, L., Bonn, B., Wolff, S., Sa, M., Yamasoe, M., Williams, J., Andreae, M. O., Kesselmeier, J. (2018). Monoterpene chemical speciation in a tropical rainforest: variation with season, height, and time of day at the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO). Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(5), 3403-3418. doi:10.5194/acp-18-3403-2018.
5Oliveira, P. E. S., Acevedo, O. C., Sörgel, M., Tsokankunku, A., Wolff, S., Araújo, A. C., Souza, R. A. F., Sá, M. O., Manzi, A. O., Andreae, M. O. (2018). Nighttime wind and scalar variability within and above an Amazonian canopy. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(5), 3083-3099. doi:10.5194/acp-18-3083-2018.
6Schmale, J., Henning, S., Decesari, S., Henzing, B., Keskinen, H., Sellegri, K., Ovadnevaite, J., Pöhlker, M. L., Brito, J., Bougiatioti, A., Kristensson, A., Kalivitis, N., Stavroulas, I., Carbone, S., Jefferson, A., Park, M., Schlag, P., Iwamoto, Y., Aalto, P., Äijälä, M., Bukowiecki, N., Ehn, M., Frank, G., Fröhlich, R., Frumau, A., Herrmann, E., Herrmann, H., Holzinger, R., Kos, G., Kulmala, M., Mihalopoulos, N., Nenes, A., O’Dowd, C., Petäjä, T., Picard, D., Pöhlker, C., Pöschl, U., Poulain, L., Prévôt, A. S. H., Swietlicki, E., Andreae, M. O., Artaxo, P., Wiedensohler, A., Ogren, J., Matsuki, A., Yum, S. S., Stratmann, F., Baltensperger, U., Gysel, M. (2018). Long-term cloud condensation nuclei number concentration, particle number size distribution and chemical composition measurements at regionally representative observatories. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(4), 2853-2881. doi:10.5194/acp-18-2853-2018.
7Fan, J., Rosenfeld, D., Zhang, Y., Giangrande, S. E., Li, Z., Machado, L. A. T., Martin, S. T., Yang, Y., Wang, J., Artaxo, P., Barbosa, H. M. J., Braga, R. C., Comstock, J. M., Feng, Z., Gao, W., Gomes, H. B., Mei, F., Pöhlker, C., Pöhlker, M. L., Pöschl, U., de Souza, R. A. F. (2018). Substantial convection and precipitation enhancements by ultrafine aerosol particles. Science, 359(6374), 411-418. doi:10.1126/science.aan8461.
8Santana, R. A., Dias-Júnior, C. Q., da Silva, J. T., Fuentes, J. D., Vale, R. S. d., Alves, E. G., Santos, R. M. N. d., Manzi, A. O. (2018). Air turbulence characteristics at multiple sites in and above the Amazon rainforest canopy. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 260-261, 41-54. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.05.027.
9Moran-Zuloaga, D., Ditas, F., Walter, D., Saturno, J., Brito, J., Carbone, S., Chi, X., de Angelis, I. H., Baars, H., Godoi, R. H. M., Heese, B., Holanda, B. A., Lavric, J. V., Martin, S. T., Ming, J., Pöhlker, M., Ruckteschler, N., Su, H., Wang, Y., Wang, Q., Wang, Z., Weber, B., Wolff, S., Artaxo, P., Pöschl, U., Andreae, M. O., Pöhlker, C. (2018). Long-term study on coarse mode aerosols in the Amazon rain forest with the frequent intrusion of Saharan dust plumes. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(3), 10055-10088. doi:10.5194/acp-18-10055-2018.
10Bourtsoukidis, E., Behrendt, T., Yanez-Serrano, A. M., Hellen, H., Diamantopoulos, E., Catao, E., Ashworth, K., Pozzer, A., Quesada, C. A., Martins, D. L., Sa, M., Araujo, A., Brito, J., Artaxo, P., Kesselmeier, J., Lelieveld, J., Williams, J. (2018). Strong sesquiterpene emissions from Amazonian soils. Nature Communications, 9: 2226. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-04658-y.
11Wu, L., Li, X., Kim, H. K., Geng, H., Godoi, R. H. M., Barbosa, C. G. G., Godoi, A. F. L., Yamamoto, C. I., de Souza, R. A. F., Pöhlker, C., Andreae, M. O., Ro, C.-U. (2018). Single-particle characterization of aerosols collected at a remote site in the Amazonian rainforest and an urban site in Manaus, Brazil. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions. doi:10.5194/acp-2018-1067.
12Pöhlker, C., Walter, D., Paulsen, H., Könemann, T., Rodríguez-Caballero, E., Moran-Zuloaga, D., Brito, J., Carbone, S., Degrendele, C., Després, V. R., Ditas, F., Holanda, B. A., Kaiser, J. W., Lammel, G., Lavric, J. V., Ming, J., Pickersgill, D., Pöhlker, M. L., Praß, M., Ruckteschler, N., Saturno, J., Sörgel, M., Wang, Q., Weber, B., Wolff, S., Artaxo, P., Pöschl, U., Andreae, M. O. (2018). Land cover and its transformation in the backward trajectory footprint region of the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions. doi:10.5194/acp-2018-323.
13Saturno, J., Ditas, F., Penning de Vries, M., Holanda, B. A., Pöhlker, M. L., Carbone, S., Walter, D., Bobrowski, N., Brito, J., Chi, X., Gutmann, A., Hrabe de Angelis, I., Machado, L. A. T., Moran-Zuloaga, D., Rüdiger, J., Schneider, J., Schulz, C., Wang, Q., Wendisch, M., Artaxo, P., Wagner, T., Pöschl, U., Andreae, M. O., Pöhlker, C. (2018). African volcanic emissions influencing atmospheric aerosols over the Amazon rain forest. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(14), 10391-10405. doi:10.5194/acp-18-10391-2018.
14Cirino, G., Brito, J., Barbosa, H. M. J., Rizzo, L. V., Tunved, P., de Sá, S. S., Jimenez, J. L., Palm, B. B., Carbone, S., Lavric, J. V., Souza, R. A. F., Wolff, S., Walter, D., Tota, J., Oliveira, M. B. L., Martin, S. T., Artaxo, P. (2018). Observations of Manaus urban plume evolution and interaction with biogenic emissions in GoAmazon 2014/5. Atmospheric Environment, 191, 513-524. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.08.031.

For a complete list of peer-reviewed ATTO publications, go to the ATTO publications page

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