Environment: Making it better wherever you are
On Top of the World
In case you’ve been wondering who’s watching over the Amazon Rain Forest these days, no need to worry. The Max Planck Institute of Germany and the National Institute for Amazon Research of Brazil have partnered up and built a super tall tower (over 1,000 feet) to reach up high enough to get an accurate reading on the ecosystem, e.g., absorption/emission rates on carbon gases, heat, water, cloud formation, and general weather stats.
Taller than the Eiffel Tower, and one hundred miles from the nearest city, the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) will provide data to scientists that can help us discover ways to improve the health of this most important ecosystem on our planet, often referred to as the “lungs of the earth”. Results on the research will be uploaded to the internet via satellite, sharing the knowledge on a global basis and made available for any researcher.
And if after reading about all this top of the world research, your mind has drifted to that old song, “I’m sittin’ on top of the world”, here is a link to Bobby Darin singing the song.