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Carbon and Water Cycles in the Tropical Rainforest

Media: DVD Digital Download
DUR: 34 mins
Product Code: RCYCLE
Price: £49.00

DVD and HD Digital Download including MP4 files, supporting materials by Bob Digby and full script. (Download 2.7GB)


Filmed in the Amazon and Borneo, this resource illustrates and explains the key environmental and land use changes occurring in tropical rainforests and explores the effect these changes are having on the carbon and water cycles. We accompany scientists up flux towers as they monitor CO2 emissions and find out why they're digging soil pits to examine decomposition rates.  A fantastic case study to deepen students' understanding of carbon and water cycles

The programme includes 4 sections. Each section has its own supporting activities.

1. The Global Carbon Balance (9'18") 

2. Measuring Carbon (9'54")

3. Deforestation and the Carbon Cycle (7'28")

4. Deforestation and the Water Cycle (7'24")


GCE Specification coverage 


AQA                             Section, Case study of a tropical rainforest

Edexcel                       Enquiry Question 1: How does the carbon cycle operate to maintain planetary health?

Eduqas (England)       Sections 2.1.6 The global carbon cycle and 2.1.7 Carbon stores in different biomes

Eduqas (Wales)           Sections 3.1.6 The global carbon cycle and 3.1.7 Carbon stores in different biomes

OCR                             Section 2a Case study of a tropical rainforest