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About British Antarctic Survey

The British Antarctic Survey strives to uncover the secrets of the Polar Regions and the frozen regions of the Earth. Our expertise spans the depths of the oceans to the inner edge of space.

Our research highlights the fragility of the Earth’s frozen environments, and what that means for our planet. We have been living and working in the extremes of Antarctica and the Arctic for over 60 years. Our scientists discovered the hole in the ozone layer and identified key evidence for climate change in ancient ice – our science continues to inform decision-makers.

We provide the UK’s national polar capability by operating research stations, aircraft and Royal Research Ship Sir David Attenborough, supporting science at the poles and securing the UK’s presence in Antarctic affairs.

The British Antarctic Survey is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation.

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World-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions

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Vision and Mission

Our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and polar operations ......

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BAS Strategy

Addressing the challenge to decrease our carbon budget and live and work more sustainably

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Our world-leading polar science generates insight and discoveries that change the way we understand our world

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Our people

BAS employs over 500 highly skilled and professional staff ....

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For 60 years BAS has been responsible for most of the UK’s scientific research in Antarctica.