• 16-May-2017 A new ZOTTO publication by Panov et al.: Linking trace gas measurements and molecular tracers of organic matter in aerosols for identification of ecosystem sources and types of wildfires in Central Siberia.
  • 09-May-2016 A Video interview with Martin Heimann on ZOTTO produced by Latest Thinking
  • 04-Nov-2015 An article on ZOTTO in The Siberian Times.
  • 28-Sep-2015 Check out a new ZOTTO-related publication by Ryshkevich et al. on the comparative analysis of hygroscopic properties of atmospheric aerosols at ZOTTO. Also, Mikhailov et al. 2015 moved from ACPD to ACP.
  • 09-Apr-2015 Check out four new ZOTTO-related publications by Konovalov et al., Mikhailov et al. and Timokhina et al..
  • 26-Jan-2015 A new ZOTTO publication by Heimann et al.: The Zotino Tall Tower Observatory (Zotto): Quantifying Large Scale Biogeochemical Changes in Central Siberia.
  • 19-Nov-2014 A new publication related to ZOTTO by Konovalov et al. was added to the Publications list.
  • 17-Apr-2014 The ZOTTO workshop 2013 Book of Abstracts is now available also for download.
  • 17-Apr-2014 Visit ZOTTO-related presentations at the forthcoming EGU Meeting 2014 in Vienna in the PEEX session on Monday, 28. April 2014
  • 11-Apr-2014 New scientific paper: Winderlich et al. “Inferences from CO2 and CH4 concentration profiles at the Zotino Tall Tower Observatory (ZOTTO) on local summer-time ecosystem fluxes” (download)
  • 18-Dec-2013 New scientific paper: Chi et al. “Long-term measurements of aerosol and carbon monoxide at the ZOTTO tall tower to characterize polluted and pristine air in the Siberian taiga” (download)
  • 28-Nov-2013 Report on the International ZOTTO workshop in AsiaFlux Newsletter (direct download).
  • 21-Oct-2013 How does ZOTTO look like from space? See for yourself.
  • 10-Sep-2013 Information update on the international ZOTTO workshop.
  • 7-Aug-2013 Information update on the international ZOTTO workshop.
  • 21-Jun-2013 New scientific paper: Heintzenberg et al. “Mapping the Aerosol Over Eurasia From the Zotino Tall Tower”
  • 18-May-2013 The registration deadline for the ZOTTO workshop has been extended to 31. July 2013.
  • 26-Mar-2013 ZOTTO is part of the “Russia special” in the first 2013 issue of the “Max Planck Research” journal (pp. 102-104).
  • 11-Feb-2013 the registration for the international ZOTTO workshop is now open.
  • Feb-2013 Get the latest ZOTTO news directly to your Inbox - subscribe to the ZOTTO mailing list.
  • 2013 marks ZOTTO's 10th anniversary - join us at the international ZOTTO workshop.
  • Jan-2013 migration of www.zottoproject.org pages to a PmWiki system
  • Dec-2009 new web page


Northern Eurasia, one of the so-called ‘hot-spot’ areas, exerts particularly important climatic controls because of its potential for large carbon storage or loss in a changing environment. What will happen with the carbon stored in forests and soils, as well as in wetlands and underlying permafrost in the boreal and arctic zone of Eurasia under warming conditions? Increased carbon storage due to a prolonged vegetation period will likely be counterbalanced by enhanced microbial activity that accelerates the release of carbon through respiration. Changes in precipitation amount and distribution patterns are likewise important – also because they impact frequency and distribution of forest fires and insect outbreaks. Direct anthropogenic impacts are at present still relatively small in the region, but industrial development and changes in land use and management may become increasingly important. Many questions regarding the above processes and their interactions remain unanswered.

In the framework of the ISTC partner project “Biogeochemical Responses to Rapid Climate Changes in Eurasia”, as part of a global cooperative effort to provide answers to the above questions, the Zotino Tall Tower Observatory (ZOTTO) has been established. It is intended to serve the scientific community as one of the world’s major continental research platforms for at least 30 years. It documents and helps quantifying the changes in biogeochemical cycles in this important region of the globe.