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High Tower of AmazĂ´nia

31/10/2014

During the 11th National Week of Science and Technology-SNTC 2014, that occurred on October 13th through 19th, throughout the country, the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation-MCTI conducted a seminar about the Project High Tower of Amazonia-ATTO.

The structure about 325 meters height, should be ready by the end of the year, with partnership between Brazil and Germany.

In addition the video exhibition, the event was attended by lectures. Osvaldo Moraes, director of the Department of Policies and Thematic Programs of the MCTI; Prof. Antônio Manzi, coordinator for the Brazilian project of the National Institute for Amazonian Research-INPA; Sergio Nascimento, of San Solutions – a company of Parana, south part of Brazil, responsible for construction of the tower and Thomas Schröder, a scientific officer of the Embassy of Germany.

For Osvaldo Moraes, science can contribute fundamentally to the development of the country. “If we look to the infrastructure in Amazonia for 30 years and compare to today, we’ll see that this is due to the investments in science, technology and innovation that have been made. What a project such as this, for example, bring in terms of human resource and development, is wonderful”, quoted Mr.Moraes.

During a presentation on the Tower, Antonio Manzi reinforced the magnitude and importance of the project to Brazil. “Already there was a desire for the scientific community and the country for the construction of a tower so important. From the application of partnership with Germany, this has been possible”, quoted Mr. Manzi.

Under construction and expected to be delivered yet in 2014, the tower is located in the Reserve for the Sustainable Development of the Uatumã, in the municipality of São Sebastião de Uatumã-AM. A project has been developed between the INPA and MCTI and the Max Planck Institute of Chemistry of Germany, with the support of FINEP and MCTI and the German Ministry of Education and Research.

The project aims to monitor and to study the climate of the region for a period of 20 to 30 years, from the collection of data on the process of exchange and transport of gases between the forest and the atmosphere. The observatory should accurately measure water flows, carbon dioxide – CO² and heat, in order to analyse the impact on the cycle of absorption and release of substances in a radius of 300 kilometers. Four towers 80 meters height will assist the main frame.

The Max Planck Institute has participated in the construction of another high tower, the Project ZOTTO (www.zottoproject.org) in Siberia, in activity since 2003.

Source
: Ibict, on Portal Brazil.

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