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NERC Arctic Office

NERC Arctic Office

The Arctic Office, established in 2009, is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and hosted at British Antarctic Survey (BAS). It incorporates the management of the UK Arctic Research Station at Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard and is closely linked to the NERC Arctic Research Programme (2010 to 2016).


The main objectives of the Arctic Office include:

  • supporting UK Arctic researchers in establishing links to international collaborators and in accessing polar infrastructure and logistical support
  • representing the UK in international Arctic forums and helping promote UK Arctic research
  • facilitating opportunities for the involvement of UK science and polar resources in the Arctic as the region grows in international significance


UK researchers planning field activities in the Arctic, or seeking contacts in Arctic Rim nations can contact the Arctic Office by email at arctic@bas.ac.uk.