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MPI Tall Tower

MPI Tall Tower

Prompted by a gap in the Global observation system, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry constructed a tall tower at Gobabeb for the continuous, high-precision monitoring of trace atmospheric gases. Gobabeb provided an ideal location to study the gas fluxes from the southern subtropical African continent and the nearby Benguela current with minimal human interference.

 

Gobabeb is excited to share with you news and updates on the installation of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry’s tall tower for the monitoring of trace atmospheric gases.

The Max Planck Institute of Biogeochemistry conducts research on atmospheric biogeochemical gases including CO2, O2/N2, CH4, CO, N2O, and SF6. A gap in the Global observation system prompted the establishment of a station in Namibia. What better place to set it up than at Gobabeb the natural and anthropogenic gas fluxes on the southern subtropical African continent and the sea air fluxes of the nearby Benguela current system off the Namibian coast can be studied with minimal human interference.

Jost Lavriĉ, a research scientist with MPI, says that the continuous high precision atmospheric monitoring system will be operated for several decades. “The data will be integrated into the GAW-WMO data set, but will also be available for regional assessments of greenhouse gas balances and their changes in time. Technical operation of the measurement system as well as part of data analysis will be done in close cooperation with local scientists, thus contributing to capacity building.”

 

 

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