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Understanding Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) and its affect on global ocean circulation.

Antarctica's hidden world - Antarctica's Gamburtsev Province

AGAP exploration of Antarctica’s hidden world

Exploring Antarctica’s ‘ghost mountains’

BAS field assistant Terry O'Donovan at Turtle Rock. Note assorted granitic erratics in the till at his feet. In the distance are Dorrel Rock and Mt Takahe (a 3500m-high volcano).

ANiSEED – AmuNdsen Sea Embayment Exposure Dating

This project will reconstruct millennial-scale ice sheet change in the western Amundsen Sea Embayment, Antarctica, using high-precision exposure dating.

Antarctic Continent

Antarctic Digital Database

The SCAR ADD is a seamless compilation of topographic data for Antarctica to 60°S.



understanding whats beneath the ice, opens new opportunities for detailed modelling of the past and future evolution of the Antarctic ice sheets

Antarctic clam shell


Pushing forward our understanding of calcium production in the marine environment


Cambridge Centre for Climate Science

CCfCS promotes interdisciplinary research in climate science across the wide range of departments and institutes in Cambridge.


Data Access System

An online data access tool to discover, visualise and access the BAS scientific data holdings quickly and easily.

DATA AS ART #5 genetic heat map - springtail


visualising BAS polar data sets to create art works that engage, inform and inspire

Antarctic Continent

Discovery Metadata System

A web-based system to discover Antarctic datasets collected by UK funded scientists.

EU Polarnet header image


EU-PolarNet will develop and deliver a strategic framework and mechanisms to prioritise science, optimise the use of polar infrastructure and broker new partnerships

A fern fossil (Lophosoria cupulatus) from Snow Island. (Scale bar = 1 mm)

Geological Collection

Contains over 200,000 individual rock and fossil specimens collected from Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands and thousands of meters of sediment core from the surrounding seabed.

Cladonia sulphurina.  Factory Cove, Signy Island,  South Orkney Is.

Herbarium Collection

A collection of dried plant specimens from the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and surrounding continents.

JCR geordie lift - weddell sea pbu


physicists, chemists, biologists, economists, and sociologists from 21 institutes in 11 countries across Europe assess the rapid retreat and collapse of Arctic sea-ice cover

RRS James Clark Ross in Northern Marguerite Bay, off Adelaide Island, Antarctica


The EC-funded ICEMAR project is a GMES pilot service delivering sea ice information products directly to ships navigating through sea ice in the Arctic.


Impact of global disturbances on evolution of polar life

Why does global biodiversity show such a steep increase just as climates were deteriorating?

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iSTAR – Stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

NERC-funded mission to understand the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Antarctic Continent

Marine Geophysical Data Portal

An interactive web tool allowing users to search for and visualise marine geophysical data collected on BAS cruises.

Antarctic Continent

Marine Metadata Project

The Marine Metadata Project aims to enhance the availability and accessibility of BAS marine data.

Antarctic Continent

NERC Airborne Geophysics Data Portal

The NERC Airborne Geophysics Data Portal provides direct access to airborne survey data.

The mountains of Svalbard taken of a flight from Longyearbyen to Ny Alesund.

NERC Arctic Office

The NERC Arctic Office, at BAS, manages the UK Arctic Research Station at Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard and is closely linked to the NERC Arctic Research Programme


Polar View

Polar View delivers information about sea ice direct to ships operating in the Southern Ocean.



South Georgia Marine Biodiversity Database (SGMarBase)

Antarctic Continent

South Georgia GIS

A web-based rapid visualisation and download tool for topographic, management and scientific data about South Georgia.

The shadow of RRS James Clark Ross seen on the vast sea ice expanse.


TEA_COSI assesses Arctic Sea-ice which has an important impact on currents and ocean circulations around the globe

Sea urchin (Sterechinus neumayeri)

The European Marine Biological Resource Centre

European Marine Biological Resource Centre