ATTO media digest

Because our research at ATTO touches on so many globally important questions, and of course because of tn majestic and unique sight of the tall tower, ATTO is frequently featured in the media: from TV documentaries to interviews and reports in print and online magazines. Often these reports are in a context about the role of the Amazon in climate change or the threats it faces from land use change and deforestation.

Here you can find a selection of reports about ATTO in the media around the world.

TV / Streaming​


Berlin Science Week Deep Dives

In this Deep Dive video Florian Wittmann, Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Head of the Department of Wetland Ecology, and Eliane Gomes Alves, Biologist at the Max Planck Institute für Biogeochemistry, tell the story of this unique international project, explain why interdisciplinary research is essential to understanding our natural surroundings and how we can use it to prevent the worsening of the climate crisis.

Program length:
13 min

English, German

A Perfect Planet: Humans

The documentary series by David Attenborough explores how the forces of nature drive, shape and support Earth’s great diversity of life.

The final episode “Humans” then focuses on how we are changing our planet so rapidly, it’s affecting Earth’s life support systems: our weather, our oceans and the living world. But it also talks about people working to preserve this perfect planet, like scientists at ATTO measuring greenhouse gases to better understand the effects of climate change.

Program length:
60 min
iBBC Player
ZDF Mediathek

English & others

Connected – the hidden science of everything

Science reporter and host Latif Nasser investigates the fascinating and intricate ways that we are connected to each other, the world and the universe at large.

Episode 3 “Dust” follows the dust from the Saharan desert across the Atlantic all the way to the Amazon Rainforest, to ATTO.

Program length:
39 min


Wissen Was: Schwerste Waldbrände im Amazonas-Regenwald

Als Teil der YouTube Reihe “Wissen Was” der Max Planck Gesellschaft, erklärt Influencer Doktor Whatson warum der Amazonas Regenwald so wichtig ist. Im Interview mit Susan Trumbore spricht er außerdem über ihre Forschung.

Program length:
18 min


Goodbye Earth (3/3): How Brazil’s Government Is Silencing Scientists

Scientists in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are collecting vital data showing how our climate is changing. But now, their work is under direct attack by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. In this final episode of Goodbye Earth’s Amazon series, AJ+ science and environment correspondent Gelarah Darabi meets the scientists who’ve made the Amazon their home and laboratory. As she climbs the highest tower in South America, she learns how science is being silenced by Brazil’s government.

Program length:
11 min


No meio da Floresta Amazônica, 150 pesquisadores desenvolvem estudos com ajuda de 3 torres

É uma parceria entre o Brasil e a Alemanha. A mais alta tem 325 metros e é a maior torre de pesquisas climáticas do mundo.

Program length:
7 min


Terra X: Die Vermessung der Erde (2/2) – mit Harald Lesch

Die zweiteilige Dokumentation verknüpft die Erkenntnisse der Geschichte mit den Expeditionen moderner Forscher im 21. Jahrhundert und macht deutlich, dass die Forschungsreise über die Vermessung der Erde noch lange nicht zu Ende ist.

Während sich in der ersten Folge alles darum gedreht hat, wie unsere Vorfahren vermessen haben, liegt der Fokus in der zweiten Folge auf der heutigen Zeit. Hier kommt ATTO ins Spiel. Das Filmteam besuchte das Observatorium und berichtet über unsere Arbeit im Amazonas.

43 min
ZDF Mediathek (Video verfügbar bis 07.04.2029)

English / German

Keyart for Netflix's "One Strange Rock"
© National Geographic

One Strange Rock – with Will Smith


Nova Amazônia: Torre ATTO

Construída em meio à floresta amazônica, na Reserva de Desenvolvimento Sustentável do Uatumã, a Torre ATTO (em inglês, Amazon Tall Tower Observatory) é o maior projeto de cooperação científica entre Brasil e Alemanha, erguida num momento chave de debate das mudanças climáticas no Brasil. A apresentadora Barbarah Israel encontra os cientistas no meio da floresta e topa o desafio de subir os 325 metros da Torre ATTO!. Confira o último episódio da Terceira Temporada do Nova Amazônia!

Duração do programa:
3 min


ARD Mittagsmagazin: ATTO-Turm im Amazonas-Gebiet – Klimaprojekt der Zukunft

1.500 Stufen in Richtung Himmel: Für Klimaforscher aus Deutschland und Brasilien ist ein Traum wahr geworden. Mit dem Atto-Turm wollen sie die Klimaforschung im größten Regenwald der Welt entscheidend voranbringen und die Zusammenhänge von Erderwärmung und Treibhausgasen untersuchen.

150 Kilometer nördlich von Manaus steht der Atto-Turm, 325 Meter hoch, höher als der Eiffelturm. Ein Meilenstein, um umweltpolitische Regelungen und globale Klimaziele weiterzuentwickeln. Mehr als ein Jahr wurde an dem Stahlkoloss gebaut, die Kosten von fast 8,5 Mio Euro teilen sich Deutschland und Brasilien.

3 min


Patient Wald

Wir profitierten vom Wald - gesundheitlich und ökonomisch. Wie aber behandeln wir diese Ressource? Wie gesund, wie krank ist der Lebensraum Wald? Gert Scobel diskutiert mit seinen Gästen.


TV Folha: Cientistas constroem torre maior do que a Eiffel no meio da Amazônia

A mais alta estrutura construída na América do Sul não é um arranha-céu e não é uma antena de comunicação.

Com 325 metros –um a mais que a torre Eiffel–, ficou pronta em janeiro no meio da floresta amazônica a torre do projeto ATTO (Amazon Tall Tower Observatory), em São Sebastião do Uatumã (AM), que servirá para estudar a interação entre a mata e o clima.

A torre é basicamente um espigão preso por cabos, instalados numa área 156 km ao norte de Manaus, sem nenhum centro urbano perto. De lá, seguindo para o norte, até o Atlântico, só existe mata.

Duração do programa:
5 min


At The Top Of The Amazon Jungle, Scientists Have Their Heads In The Clouds

The Amazon is the world's largest rainforest. Researchers are looking at whether global warming will lessen rainfall and dry out the forest. To do so, they climb up in an enormous tower and examine clouds. Journalist Daniel Grossman (@grossmanmedia) reports. This story was produced in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center.

Amazonian Tall Tower Observatory - Den Wald verstehen, um ihn zu schützen

Letzte Woche wurde in Brasilien das Amazonian Tall Tower Observatory eröffnet. Der 325 Meter hohe Klima-Messturm soll Daten liefern, um Erkenntnisse über die Funktionsweise des Waldes zu liefern, sagte der deutsche Projektleiter Jürgen Kesselmeier im DLF, um ihn besser schützen zu können.


Supertrees: Meet the Amazonian giant that helps the rainforest make its own rain

UATUMÃ SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RESERVE, Brazil - The white mist is thick and creamy, and it envelops me as I plod up the steep stairs of the exposed steel tower. In this swirling fog, it's hard to tell how high I am and how much further I have left to go.

Brasilien: Amazonas-Forscher über Jair Bolsonaro und die Gefahren für den Regenwald

Jürgen Kesselmeier forscht seit über 30 Jahren im Amazonasbecken. Sieht er den Regenwald durch Brasiliens neuen Präsidenten Jair Bolsonaro in Gefahr?

The Tallest Tower in South America Is in the Middle of the Amazon Forest

Deep in Brazil's Amazon jungle, more than a hundred miles from the nearest city, stands South America's tallest structure, the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO). Reaching 325 meters (or 1,066 feet) into the sky above the trees, the ATTO is taller than the Chrysler Building or the Eiffel Tower.

At 1,066 Feet Above Rainforest, A View of the Changing Amazon

A steel structure in the Amazon, taller than the Eiffel Tower, will soon begin monitoring the atmosphere above the world's largest tropical forest, providing an international team of scientists with key insights into how this vital region may be affected by global warming.

The Amazon tower that gives scientists the big picture of the rainforest

The Amazon rainforest has an extraordinary impact on the planet, producing about half of all the oxygen in the atmosphere. Now a mast, taller than the Eiffel Tower, has been built deep in the heart of the forest - amid jaguars, snakes and giant trees - to monitor chemical changes in the air that could shed new light on global climate change.

Photo essay: Scientists build a tower as tall as the Chrysler building in the middle of the Amazon

Last August, construction began deep in the Amazon rainforest on what would soon become South America's tallest skyscraper and the world's first long-term tropical observatory. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, which stands 1,066 feet tall, is a collaborative project between Brazil's National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany's Max Planck Institute to monitor the relationship between the Earth's largest rainforest and the atmosphere.

Stahlkoloss sammelt Klimadaten

Mitten im Amazonas-Regenwald wächst ein Stahlriese empor. Mit seinen 325 Metern Höhe wird der Atto-Turm die Baumkronen weit überragen - im Sinne der Wissenschaft, denn er soll Forschern Einblicke in die Wechselwirkung zwischen Wald und Weltklima geben. Wenn Techniker und Forscher zur Baustelle des "Amazonian Tall Tower Observatory" (Atto) wollen, steht ihnen eine unbequeme Tagesreise bevor.


Cover Max Planck Research 4/2019
© Max Planck Gesellschaft

MaxPlanckResearch contains a wide variety of articles about research going on at the institutes of the Max Planck Society. All articles are written in an informative and easy-to-read manner and are ideal for members of the general public including school students who would like to keep informed about the latest developments in scientific research.

In Issue 4/2019:

Burn damage in the rainforest

This summer, there were more forest fires in Brazil than virtually any on record. Susan Trumbore, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, is looking at the consequences that the immense loss of rainforest has on the local, as well as global climate. She also examines the likelihood of a forest recovering from a fire. If only it is given the chance.


Was ist Was Klima
© Tessloff Verlag

Die viereinhalb Milliarden Jahre dauernde Geschichte der Erde ist zugleich die Geschichte des Klimas. Seit der Entstehung unseres Heimatplaneten hat sich das Klima immer wieder verändert. Es hat den Planeten geformt und Leben entstehen und vergehen lassen.

Wie konnte die Erde Leben hervorbringen, und wie das Eiszeitalter den Menschen? Was hat das Verschwinden der Dinosaurier mit dem Klima zu tun? Warum stellen dieselben Gase eine Bedrohung dar?

Neben Antworten auf diese Fragen beschäftigt sich das Buch auch mit der Klimaforschung, dem Klimawandel und damit, was jeder Einzelne zum Schutz des Klimas beitragen kann.

Über allen Wipfeln

Ein 325 Meter hoher Turm mitten im brasilianischen Dschungel soll erkunden, wie Wälder den globalen Kohlendioxid-Haushalt beeinflussen. Florian Wittmann kann den Regenwald von Oberbayern aus untersuchen. Will der Geograf allerdings an den Ort gelangen, an dem seine Messungen gemacht werden, muss er ins Amazonasgebiet reisen.

Kinderwissen: Ein Turm ragt aus dem Wald

Von Kinder-Chefreporter Paul Mitten im Urwald Brasiliens ragt ein schlanker Stahlturm in den Himmel. Er ist 325 Meter hoch und übertrifft damit sogar den Eiffelturm in Paris. Über viele Treppen gelangen Wissenschaftler ganz nach oben. Aber was machen sie dort? Stuttgart - Manaus ist eine Stadt mitten im tropischen Regenwald.