Brazil builds new observatory tower to monitor climate change in Amazon

14 September 2014 (Last Updated September 14th, 2014 18:30)

Brazil is building a new 325m-high observatory tower in the Amazon to monitor climatic changes in the region.

Brazil is building a new 325m-high observatory tower in the Amazon to monitor climatic changes in the region.

The project is being developed by Brazil's National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany's Max Planck Institute, reported The Guardian citing the State of São Paulo newspaper.

Named Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO), the tower will be fitted with high-tech instruments and an observatory to monitor the impact of climate on the Amazon's ecosystem.

"The measurement point is widely without direct human influence and therefore ideal to investigate the meaning of the forest region for the chemistry and physics of the atmosphere."

Planned to be built about 100 miles from Manaus, the capital city of the state of Amazonas, the tower will be able to collect data on heat, water, carbon gas, winds, cloud formation, carbon absorption and weather patterns.

University of Sao Paulo project coordinator Paulo Artaxo said: "The tower will help us answer innumerable questions related to global climate change.

"We will gain a better understanding of the role of the Amazon and other humid tropical areas in climate models."

The tower is being constructed with steel that was transported to the site by trucks and rafts from southern Brazil.

ATTO project coordinator Jurgen Kesselmeier was quoted by BBC citing Max Planck Institute for Chemistry site as saying: "The measurement point is widely without direct human influence and therefore ideal to investigate the meaning of the forest region for the chemistry and physics of the atmosphere."

The comleted tower will be similar to the one built in 2006 in Central Siberia.