Date
13 December 2017
The Amazon forest is one of the world's most sensitive ecosystems, with a powerful influence on the intake and release of carbon into the atmosphere. Photo: AFP
The Amazon forest is one of the world's most sensitive ecosystems, with a powerful influence on the intake and release of carbon into the atmosphere. Photo: AFP

Brazil building giant Amazon tower to monitor climate change

A giant observation tower is being constructed in the heart of the Amazon basin to monitor climate change, BBC News reported.

The 325-meter observatory will gather data on greenhouse gases, aerosol particles and the weather in one of the largest continuous rain forests on the planet.

Brazilian and German scientists hope to use the data to better understand sources of greenhouse gases and answer questions on climate change, the report said.

Steel had to be brought thousands of kilometers by road and river raft to the construction site 170 kilometers outside the city of Manaus.

Because of its height, the tower will make it possible to investigate the changes and movement of air masses through the forest over a distance of several hundred kilometers.

The Amazon forest is one of the world’s most sensitive ecosystems, with a powerful influence on the intake and release of carbon into the atmosphere, according to the BBC.

“The tower will help us answer innumerable questions related to global climate change,” said Paulo Artaxo, from the University of Sao Paulo and project coordinator for the Brazilians.

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