When I was a child (circa year 2000), I watched a documentary (in English) about some biologists doing research about jungle (perhaps Amazon). The biologists lived in a base which was a huge inflatable structure, that was resting on top of the trees. The base had some labs in it and living quarters.

I can't find anything related on Google. It's just spam about inflatable castles.

Can someone tell me what was the name of the research project from the documentary I watched?

  • $\begingroup$ Can you remember what language it was in, what year it was made, anything specific about what was being studied, who was in it? $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 6, 2022 at 22:08
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    $\begingroup$ It's not the BBC "Life in the Canopy"? $\endgroup$
    – bob1
    Commented Apr 7, 2022 at 1:33
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    $\begingroup$ I’m voting to close this question because it is not about biology as defined in the help center — specifically it isn't about a biological mechanism, process, or research technique. In addition, you are asking multiple questions, which would be reason to close even if this were on topic. Please consider reviewing the help center starting with How to Ask, what is on-topic and what is not. $\endgroup$
    – tyersome
    Commented Apr 7, 2022 at 1:46
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    $\begingroup$ @tyersome it is about history of biology, because giant inflatable research base is a historical achievement. Also, it is a research technique of establishing a lab in a difficult environment. Also I removed the extra questions. $\endgroup$
    – user46147
    Commented Apr 7, 2022 at 8:05
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    $\begingroup$ @user46147 if this question were to remain open, it would be helpful to know when you watched this documentary, and which country and language you watched it in. $\endgroup$
    – bob1
    Commented Apr 7, 2022 at 22:43

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After more intense search, I found the following research article ( https://doi.org/10.1002/ppp3.10125) by Margaret Lowman. She discusses canopy research, stressing that forest canopy is poorly researched topic. She outlines the history of previous research on that topic, and points to the spectacular research of Frances Halle from Institut de Botanique in Montpelier.

His team managed to launch a huge effort involving inflatable rafts, slides and dirigibles, that has been named "Radeau des Cimes" (Raft of the Peaks in English).

The structure facilitated canopy sampling and hosted 50 researchers. Over time, the inflatables have surveyed the rain forests of Cameroon, Panama, Brazil, Gabon, and Australia [copy from the article linked].

Here's a picture from radeau-des-cimes.org : enter image description here

The colors of inflatables match my memories, so I consider the search a success.


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