Aerial photography at the British Antarctic Survey The British Antarctic Survey owns and operates a Zeiss RMK large format aerial photography camera. The camera can be fitted to two of …
Airborne science and technology, Antarctica
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Our airborne national capability
Our airborne science and technology services and facilities contribute to a National Capability programme that is supported by the UK Government and NERC.
Accessing our services
Scientific community access to Antarctic and Arctic infrastructure is coordinated and managed by BAS through the Collaborative Antarctic Science Scheme and opportunities for polar fieldwork for NERC-funded scientists. We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to discuss your project requirements. Scientific instruments, sensors and equipment that will be deployed on Twin Otter aircraft require time for installation and certification. Depending on the instrumentation to be fitted it may be necessary that integration, installation and testing cost are paid.
BAS Air Unit support services
- Provide the installation guidance and management of science survey equipment onto the BAS Twin Otters and Dash 7.
- Carry out the installation and certification of the science survey equipment
- Maintain the core BAS survey equipment
- Provide survey equipment engineering support during science campaigns
- Provide the guidance and oversight of UAS flying in Antarctica
- Provide the development of BASs UAV capability.
Focal point for UK polar science our aims are to:
- Sustain a UK national capability that delivers scientific understanding of environmental processes over large time and space scales, supports world-leading environmental science, and meets national needs
- Enable the most ambitious Earth-system science by facilitating long-term, global-scale programmes that integrate research across disciplines
- Reduce the long-term cost of our large research facilities and invest in new technologies that make far-reaching environmental research and observation more cost-effective
- Ensure that our research centre thrives as vibrant, innovative, sustainable organisation that attracts and retains the best scientists
BAS will deliver an airborne geophysical capability deployed on low-cost piloted and autonomous aircraft. This instrument suite includes gravimeter, magnetometers and ice-penetrating radar, which can be flown with LIDAR in support. The suite has been widely employed on NERC and other grants. Details here
Airborne meteorological and atmospheric instrument suite (MASIN)
BAS will deliver an instrumented aircraft with suite of atmospheric instruments and scientific expertise ready-to-support grants, collaborations, and strategic programmes.
Enabling ice observation programmes
Airborne instrument capability
Two of the four BAS Twin Otters are equipped with a full remote sensing capability, providing scientists with data on land, ice and sea. This includes VNIR & SWIR hyperspectral …
5 November, 2018
Unveiling key geological features of the Earth’s lithosphere
24 May, 2018
Revealing Antarctica’s hidden world
11 August, 2017
The British Antarctic Survey Air Unit have been awarded the Johnston Memorial Trophy for 2017 by The Honourable Company of Air Pilots. This is a considerable acknowledgement of the regard held …
15 September, 2016
ODA funds – expertise to address major challenges facing the developing world
Understanding the contribution that polar ice sheets make to global sea-level rise is recognised internationally as urgent. The mission of this five-year project is to capture new observations and data …
GOCE+Antarctica- Dynamic Antarctic Lithosphere -is an international project supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) that is using GOCE satellite gravity gradient data, GPS data and innovative 3D modelling to …
This joint UK-US research programme aims to improve the understanding of the processes affecting ice sheet stability to predict, with more certainty, the future impact of sea-level rise from Thwaites …
Polar Expertise – Supporting Development