Tuesday, 06.10.2015; Public Lecture; Old Aula 19.00h
Prof. Dr. habil. Jürgen Kesselmeier (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany)
“ATTO, a Giant tower for Climate Research in the AMAZON: The adventure of planning, construction and use.”
"ATTO" stands for Amazonian Tall Tower Observatory. The German-Brazilian joint project was launched in 2009 and is coordinated by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. The tower aims at delivering groundbreaking findings, which will be the basis for improved climate models. With a height of 300 meters the tower will extend the ground-level boundary layer, and will provide information taken from approximately 100 square kilometers from the world´s largest forest area.
The Amazon region is of global significance: it produces half of the word´s oxygen, impacts the water cycle through evaporation and stabilizes the climate.
ATTO is the counterpart of the 2006 completed ZOTTO tower that stands in Siberia and the Max Planck Institute of Chemistry is also involved. ATTO will integrate into an existing structure of smaller Brazilian measuring towers. The cost for the construction of ATTO including the first five years of running costs is estimated to be 8.4 million € which will be financed by Germany and Brazil in equal parts.