Brief history

2009 - 2010
2009 - 2010

Project start

The idea for the project was developed by scientists in Germany and Brazil. Together, they wrote a funding proposal that was granted in the summer of 2010.

2009 - 2010
2009 - 2010

Pionieering

As a first important step in realizing this massive undertaking, the team needed to find an appropriate location for the research site. In a second step, the site and access to it were developed.

in 2010
in 2010

Pilot measurements

An 81 m high guyed triangular mast was built for pilot measurements. Meanwhile, it is used for a variety of aerosol measurements.

2011 - 2012
2011 - 2012

Camp building

Construction of the camp at the ATTO plateau. It contains dormitories with accommodation capacity in hammocks for up to 30 people, bathrooms and cafeteria.

2011 - 2012
2011 - 2012

80 m tower

An 80 m high guyed, walk-up scaffold tower was built, with outboard platforms on fiver heights on which trace-gas and meteorological measurements are currently performed.

since 2013
since 2013

Connection

A satellite connection for data transmission and device control was established.

August 22, 2015
August 22, 2015

Tall Tower

Laying of the foundation stone of the 325 m high Tall Tower on August 15, 2014 and official inauguration on a year later.

since 2016
since 2016

Power

Implementation of a professional fail-safe generator-based electrical power supply.

since 2016
since 2016

More Containers

Construction and equipment of air-conditioned laboratory containers at the base of the tall tower.

2018 - 2019
2018 - 2019

Upgrades

2018 was the year for some upgrades to the site. The access road was re-done and a new safety rail and lift were installed at the tall tower.