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Grassland ecosystems cover around 40% of the Earth's landmass, supporting diverse plant and animal populations.

In this video, we team up with grassland experts Dr Jens-Arne Subke and Dr Tom Smith, to explore the different types of grassland (temperate and tropical), their climate, and the important role of wildfires in maintaining grassland ecosystems while contributing to the carbon cycle.


Written and developed by: Jens-Arne Subke, Tom Smith, Katharine Abernethy, Megan Sixt, Josh Carron, Rob Parker, Tim Parker, Harriet Ridley

This video was supported with funding from NERC grant NE/T008040/1.

Thank you to the Gabon National Parks Agency for supporting the research in Lopé National Park that underpins this video.


Microwave Ping by theplax is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Windy field ambience with insects and distant traffic by louismay1 is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Data from Jung, M., Dahal, P.R., Butchart, S.H.M. et al. A global map of terrestrial habitat types. Sci Data 7, 256 (2020)., is licensed under CC BY 4.0