Scientists in Germany and Brazil developed the idea for the project. Together, they wrote a funding proposal that was granted in the summer of 2010.
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.
An 81 m high guyed triangular mast was built for pilot measurements. Meanwhile, it is used for a variety of aerosol measurements.
Construction of the camp at the ATTO plateau. It contains dormitories with accommodation capacity in hammocks for up to 30 people, bathrooms and cafeteria.
80 m tower
An 80 m high guyed, walk-up scaffold tower was built, with outboard platforms on five heights on which trace-gas and meteorological measurements are currently performed.
Construction and equipment of air-conditioned laboratory containers at the base of the 80/81 m towers measuring towers.
Continuous and campaign-based measurements since 2011 (carbon dioxide, ozone, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen-containing trace gases, aerosols, meteorology)
A satellite connection for data transmission and device control was established.
Laying of the foundation stone of the 325 m high Tall Tower on August 15, 2014 and official inauguration on a year later.
Implementation of a professional fail-safe generator-based electrical power supply.
Construction and equipment of air-conditioned laboratory containers at the base of the tall tower.
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.