BAS-Arctic Working Group

Working Group purpose

The Arctic Working Group is a group of more than 60 BAS scientists and operations staff who are currently working in the Arctic or have aspirations to work there. The AWG was started in 2018 to bring together researchers in different fields to share their experiences of Arctic research, to enable new collaborations, and to maximise the potential output of this group by coordinating efforts and knowledge regarding Arctic projects, funding calls and logistics.  

A view of a snow covered mountain
Icebergs at Ilulissat, West Greenland

 

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kelgan

Kelly Hogan

Marine Geophysicist

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Henry Burgess

Head of Arctic Office

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Nicola Munro

Arctic Office Manager

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Jeremy Wilkinson

Sea Ice Physicist

clanno

Clara Manno

Pelagic Marine Ecologist

lsim

Louise Sime

Palaeoclimate Modeller

aismith

Aisling Smith

SDA Laboratory Manager

jacr

Alistair Crame

Science Leader

acrki

Amelie Kirchgaessner

Atmospheric Scientist

ahf

Andrew Fleming

Head of MAGIC

andkav

Andrew Kavanagh

Middle Atmosphere Vertical Coupling Analyst

annbel

Anna Belcher

Ecological Biogeochemist

calmes

Caroline Holmes

Polar Climate Scientist

chrdri

Christopher Aldridge

Operational Planner

csall

Claire Allen

Palaeoceanographer

ghil

Guy Hillyard

Biological Sciences Lab Suite Manager

mior

Michael Thorne

Computation Bioinformatics

hjg

Huw Griffiths

Marine Biogeographer

maey

Markus Frey

Atmospheric and Glaciochemist

pcon

Peter Convey

Terrestrial Ecologist

sjro

Stephen Roberts

Quaternary Geologist

vlp

Victoria Peck

Palaeoceanographer

eakf

Elaina Ford

Senior Research Manager

dwat

Dave Wattam

Head of Polar Operations

lspe

Lloyd Peck

Physiologist Adaptations Lea IMP 2

notc

Norman Ratcliffe

Seabird Ecologist

gant

Geraint Tarling

Zooplankton Ecologist WPM - IMP3

rdla

Robert Larter

Deputy Science Leader of Palaeo Environments

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Gaelle Veyssiere

Sea Ice Physicist

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Kevin Newsham

Terrestrial Ecologist

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Premdeep Gill

PhD Student

lith

Liz Thomas

Palaeoclimatologist

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Natasha Lucas

Physical Oceanographer

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Michael Meredith

Science Leader IMP 2

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Simon Morley

Ecophysiologist

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Jakob Thyrring

Visiting Scientist

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Hannah Cubaynes

Wildlife from Space Research Associate

macl

Mark Clilverd

Atmospheric Physicist

katsli

Katie Gosling

Pre Award Senior Research Manager

jaas

James Smith

Sedimentologist

rcav

Rachel Cavanagh

Ecosystem Scientist

susdun

Sue Dunn

Station Support Administrator

mcr

Michael Rose

Head of Science Engineering

emfi

Elaine Fitzcharles

Senior Lab Manager and Micro Molecular Lab Suite Manager

hlu

Hua Lu

Atmospheric Scientist: Stratosphere/Troposhere Coupling

smga

Simon Garrod

Director of BAS Operations

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Jacob Opher

PhD Student

tjbra

Thomas Bracegirdle

Atmospheric and Climate Scientist

gsto

Gabriele Stowasser

Marine Ecologist

nc

Nicholas Cox

Project Leader (Arctic)

gjma

Gareth Marshall

Senior Climatologist

epab

Povl Abrahamsen

Observational Oceanographer

lauger

Laura Gerrish

GIS and Mapping Specialist

mpf

Mervyn Freeman

Senior Space Weather Researcher

gchi

Gareth Chisham

Space Weather Researcher

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Katrin Linse

Senior Biodiversity Biologist

daho

Dominic Hodgson

Senior Sediment Scientist IMP 3

ABSCISSA Arctic Sea-Ice-Zone Blowing Snow

The source of sea-salt aerosols in the Polar Regions appears to be linked to sea ice surfaces, but exact details are unclear. Defining the sources is important given the critical …

Arctic marine geophysics

This research focuses on investigating the glacial histories of Arctic ice sheets and ice caps using the marine geological record preserved on continental margins. By reconstructing past ice sheets, their …

SDOO

Abrupt warming episodes punctuate Greenland ice core records throughout the last glacial period. These events were first identified in two Greenland stable water isotope records (Dansgaard et al., 1993), and …

Climate and Ice during the Last Interglacial

During the Last Interglacial (129-116 thousand years ago, ka) CO2 and global temperature were both higher than they were before human industrialisation. By examining Last Interglacial climate, we thus gain …

TEA-COSI

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

UKESM-BAS

Reliable projections of the Earth’s climate are at the heart of scientific support for international efforts to address global change. There is increasing recognition that reliable projections require that physical …



ICE-ARC

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


SIOS

Svalbard Integrated Earth Observing System (SIOS) is an international infrastructure project. There are 26 partners from Europe and Asia involved. The essential objective is to establish better coordinated services for …

SEANA

Global shipping is undergoing significant changes. In January 2020 the maximum sulphur emission by ships in international waters will reduce from 3.5% to 0.5% by mass, as a result of …

Data As Art

DATA AS ART is an ongoing science & art project in development at NERC’s British Antarctic Survey (BAS). It visualises science data (in its widest definition), to create stunning and …

ICEMAR

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.

EISCAT Science Support

The EISCAT science support group is a collaboration between the British Antarctic Survey and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, funded via the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) EISCAT, the European …

Iceland Greenland seas Project

PI: Ian Renfrew (University of East Anglia) CO-I’s: Tom Bracegirdle, Tom Lachlan-Cope, Alexandra Weiss PDRA’s: Andrew Elvidge (University of East Anglia), James Pope NERC Grant: NE/N009924/1 Project Partners: Robert Pickart …

ACSIS

Major changes are occurring across the North Atlantic climate system: in the ocean and atmosphere temperatures and circulation, in sea ice thickness and extent, and in key atmospheric constituents such …



Environmental harshness mediates the relationship between aboveground and belowground communities in Antarctica

16 November, 2021 by Peter Convey

Linkages between aboveground and belowground communities are a key but globally under-researched component of responses to environmental change. Given the logistical complications to studying these relationships, much of our knowledge…

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Shifting perspectives in polar research: Global lessons on the barriers and drivers for securing academic careers in natural sciences

11 November, 2021 by Huw Griffiths, Peter Convey

The polar regions provide valuable insights into the functioning of the Earth’s regulating systems. Conducting field research in such harsh and remote environments requires strong international cooperation, extended planning horizons,…

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Large within, and between, species differences in marine cellular responses: Unpredictability in a changing environment

10 November, 2021 by Lloyd Peck, Martin Collins, Melody Clark

Predicting the impacts of altered environments on future biodiversity requires a detailed understanding of organism responses to change. To date, studies evaluating mechanisms underlying marine organism stress responses have largely…

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Cold comfort: Arctic seabirds find refugia from climate change and potential competition in marginal ice zones and fjords

9 November, 2021 by Anne-Sophie Bonnet-Lebrun, Derren Fox, Norman Ratcliffe, Tim Morley

Climate change alters species distributions by shifting their fundamental niche in space through time. Such effects may be exacerbated by increased inter-specific competition if climate alters species dominance where competitor…

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Temperature impact on the influence of penguin-derived nutrients and mosses on non-native grass in a simulated polar ecosystem

8 November, 2021 by Peter Convey

Human activity and climate change are increasing the spread of species across the planet, threatening biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Invasion engineers, such as birds, facilitate plant growth through manuring of…

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How does the Southern Ocean palaeoenvironment during Marine Isotope Stage 5e compare to the modern?

5 November, 2021 by Claire Allen, Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand, Louise Sime, Matthew Chadwick

Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5e (130–116 ka) represents an important ‘process analogue’ for understanding the climatic feedbacks and responses likely active under future anthropogenic warming. Reconstructing the Southern Ocean (SO) palaeoenvironment…

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