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A Perfect Planet

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, A Perfect Planet is an awe-inspiring exploration of Earth’s power and fragility.

About this series

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, A Perfect Planet explains how the living planet operates. The first four programmes will show how the forces of nature - weather, ocean currents, solar energy and volcanoes - drive, shape and support Earth’s great diversity of life. In doing so, it will reveal how animals are perfectly adapted to whatever the environment throws at them. The final episode in the series looks at the dramatic impact of the world’s newest force of nature: humans - and what can be done to restore our planet’s perfect balance.

Full broadcast details and links to watch on BBC iPlayer will be on the BBC programme page.  

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Professor Stephen LewisProfessor of Atmospheric Physics - School of Physical SciencesVIEW FULL PROFILE
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Professor Stephen LewisProfessor of Atmospheric Physics - School of Physical Sciences

Stephen Lewis is Professor of Atmospheric Physics at The Open University. His research interests include the dynamics of planetary atmospheres and using computer modelling to understand spacecraft observations. He has worked on subjects including Mars, Venus, the Giant Planets, Exoplanets and the climates of Earth and Mars in the distant past. Results from Stephen’s work have been used by both ESA and NASA in planning space missions, in particular for Mars exploration.

Stephen was an academic consultant on the series and co-author of the associated poster.

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Philip WheelerSenior Lecturer in EcologyVIEW FULL PROFILE
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Philip WheelerSenior Lecturer in Ecology

Philip is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology at The Open University. He is interested in a wide range of conservation and environmental management questions. In the past he has been interested in tackling real-world conservation problems, particularly by investigating landscape-scale processes, but he is now increasingly interested in urban environments, and particularly urban trees. His areas of teaching and research are quite varied, ranging from species ecology to wildlife monitoring and conservation, quantitative methods and spatial modelling. 

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