German ministry supports ATTO tower projects for climate research in the Amazon
May 19, 2017

ATTO tall tower (picture: Karl Kuebler, MPI-BGC)
The establishment of the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) as an exceptional research infrastructure, supported jointly by Brazil and Germany, has been led by Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, with the help of Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry. After its successful set-up, ATTO now includes 3 towers, a research field station and permanent research plots. The large 325 m tower is the tallest research tower in South America.

The next phase of the Brazilian-German collaboration project aims at fully exploiting the technical ATTO infrastructure, to study the role of Amazon tropical forests in the Earth system and fill a large gap in global climate monitoring networks. From the German side, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds a large 3-year network proposal starting May 2017 on climate-relevant projects in this key tropical region. The German institutions, collaborating with Brazilian partners, include:

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena (coordinator)
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz
Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg
Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
University Hamburg
Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, KIT