Welcome to our website for ATTO, the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory – an Amazon research project.

This research site is located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil, about 150 km north of Manaus. It is run together by scientists from Germany and Brazil. Its aim is to continuously record meteorological, chemical and biological data, such as the concentration of greenhouses gases. With the help of these data, we hope to gain insights into how the Amazon interacts with the overlying atmosphere and the soil below. Because this region is of such importance to the global climate, it is vital to get a better understanding of these complex processes. Only then will we be able to make more accurate climate predictions.

Have a look around on our website to learn more about the research performed at ATTO and in labs and offices around the world. Please note that the website is still under constructions and more content will be added. So be sure to check back soon! You can also follow us on Social Media to get an insight into the daily lives of the ATTO scientists and stay up-to-date on all the latest news and events!

ATTO Meeting 2019

We’re excited to announce that this year our annual ATTO meeting takes place on September 16-18 and will be hosted by INPA in Manaus.

The meeting is open to all consortium member and invited guests and we can’t wait to see everyone there! The focus of the meeting will be scientific exchange. We will share progress on ongoing projects, discuss upcoming ones and perhaps even find new collaborators. Therefore, we will dedicate a considerable portion of the meeting time to posters.

We will announce more details on schedule, program and logistics shortly so stay tuned and save the date!

Job offer: postdoc as biologist/ecologist/mycologist

now closed for submissions

We’re happy to announce a new job offer in the Brazilian-German Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) project. The open position is for a postdoc or post master position in the field of biology/ecology/mycology. The position is for 1 year with a potential for extension in the case of renewed funding. The candidate should start as soon as possible.

Project description

We are offering a postdoc position on cryptogamic communities and their role in bioaerosol and trace gas cycling in the Amazonian rainforest. The scientist will be based at INPA, Manaus and interact with national and international groups involved in the ATTO project.

With unique facilities, centered around the 325-meter tower and two 80m 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. ATTO offers the opportunity to work in a unique, highly international scientific environment and offers the ability to interact with a range of interdisciplinary and international scientists.


Postdocs interested in the position must have a PhD in biology/atmospheric chemistry or related topics and a background in biology.

Knowledge on tropical fungi or cryptogamic communities would be advantageous.

We are looking for a candidate who is prepared to work in a self-contained manner but is also a good and reliable team worker. Comprehension of English is necessary, Portuguese is desirable.

Application procedure

To apply to this job offer, please send applications with a letter of interest, CV and certificates to Bettina Weber at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz (b.weber@mpic.de). This is also the contact for potential questions. The position will be open until filled.

Newsletter #2

We just released the second ATTO newsletter. It features new team members, the big ATTO presence at the EGU 2019, infrastructure updates at the site and more.

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ATTO at EGU 2019

Word cloud from all abstracts accepted from EGU 2019 session „Intact Amazon forest - a natural laboratory of global significance“

EGU 2019 is shining a light on Amazon research. Jošt Lavrič, Beto Quesada, Alessandro Araújo and Matthias Sörgel are chairing a session titled „Intact Amazon forest – a natural laboratory of global significance“. We‘re excited that, in addition to many of our ATTO team members, scientists from a variety of other projects will participate in the session. It is going to be a very diverse and exciting, with lots of possibilities to share knowledge and extend our network. It will take place on Friday, 12 April.

Here is an overview of ATTO presentations in the EGU 2019 session on Amazon research (check the session program for all presentations):

Orals from 10:45 am to 12:30 pm in Room 2.31

Poster Session from 8:30 to 10:15am in Poster Hall A

ATTO presentations in other session