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

nalm

Nicola Munro

Arctic Office Manager

lsim

Louise Sime

Palaeoclimate Modeller

aismith

Aisling Smith

SDA Laboratory Manager

jacr

Alistair Crame

Science Leader

acrki

Amelie Kirchgaessner

Atmospheric Scientist

ahf

Andrew Fleming

Remote Sensing Manager

andkav

Andrew Kavanagh

Middle Atmosphere Vertical Coupling Analyst

annbon

Anne-Sophie Bonnet-Lebrun

Postdoctoral Researcher in Seabird Ecology

calmes

Caroline Holmes

Polar Climate Scientist

chrdri

Christopher Aldridge

Operational Planner

csall

Claire Allen

Palaeoceanographer

clanno

Clara Manno

Pelagic Marine Ecologist

davvie

David Davies

Field Operation Manager

ghil

Guy Hillyard

Biological Sciences Lab Suite Manager

mior

Michael Thorne

Computation Bioinformatics

hjg

Huw Griffiths

Marine Biogeographer

dgv

David Vaughan

Director of Science

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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

David Wattam

Operations Programme Manager

lspe

Lloyd Peck

Physiologist Adaptations Lea IMP 2

notc

Norman Ratcliffe

Seabird Ecologist

elibi

Elisabeth Biersma

Terrestrial Phylogeographer

gant

Geraint Tarling

Zooplankton Ecologist WPM - IMP3

rdla

Robert Larter

Deputy Science Leader of Palaeo Environments

gaevey

Gaelle Veyssiere

Sea Ice Physicist

kne

Kevin Newsham

Terrestrial Ecologist

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Premdeep Gill

PhD Student

lith

Liz Thomas

Palaeoclimatologist

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Natasha Lucas

Physical Oceanographer

mmm

Michael Meredith

Science Leader IMP 2

smor

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

Susan 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

jacher53

Jacob Opher

PhD Student

tjbra

Thomas Bracegirdle

Atmospheric and Climate Scientist

gsto

Gabriele Stowasser

Marine Ecologist

jpw28

Jeremy Wilkinson

Sea Ice Physicist

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

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Niel Channing

Seaman (AB)

gchi

Gareth Chisham

Space Weather Researcher

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Katrin Linse

Senior Biodiversity Biologist

daho

Dominic Hodgson

Senior Sediment Scientist IMP 3

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.

EU-PolarNet

A strategic framework to connect science and society

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 a science/art project in development at NERC’s British Antarctic Survey (BAS). It visualises science data (in its widest definition), to create stunning and thought-provoking artworks, using real Antarctic …

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 …


Archaeal intact polar lipids in polar waters: a comparison between the Amundsen and Scotia seas

11 June, 2021 by Claire Allen, Elaine Mawbey, Povl Abrahamsen, Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand, James Smith, Victoria Peck

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is one of the largest potential sources of future sea-level rise, with glaciers draining the WAIS thinning at an accelerating rate over the past…

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Comparing glacial‐geological evidence and model simulations of ice sheet change since the last glacial period in the Amundsen Sea sector of Antarctica

11 June, 2021 by Joanne Johnson, Stephen Roberts

Since the Last Glacial Maximum ∼20,000 years ago, the Antarctic Ice Sheet has undergone extensive changes, resulting in a much smaller present‐day configuration. Improving our understanding of basic physical processes…

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Remote but not isolated – microplastics and mesoplastics present in the sub-surface waters of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

11 June, 2021 by Clara Manno, Kirstie Jones-Williams, Victoria Peck

As the remote Canadian Arctic Archipelago (CAA) becomes increasingly connected to the rest of the world, there is an impetus to monitor the possible impact of this connectivity. The potential…

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Developing resilience to climate change impacts in Antarctica: an evaluation of Antarctic Treaty System protected area policy

5 June, 2021 by John Turner, Kevin Hughes, Peter Convey

Antarctica is increasingly vulnerable to climate change impacts, with the continent predicted to warm by ∼4 °C by 2100 under a ‘business as usual’ greenhouse gas emission scenario. Simultaneously, human…

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Can Antarctica’s shallow zoobenthos ‘bounce back’ from iceberg scouring impacts driven by climate change?

3 June, 2021 by David Barnes, Lloyd Peck, Nadescha Zwerschke, Simon Morley

All coastal systems experience disturbances and many across the planet are under unprecedented threat from an intensification of a variety of stressors. The West Antarctic Peninsula is a hotspot of…

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Statistical optimisation of diesel biodegradation at low temperatures by an Antarctic marine bacterial consortium isolated from non-contaminated seawater

3 June, 2021 by Peter Convey

Hydrocarbon pollution is widespread around the globe and, even in the remoteness of Antarctica, the impacts of hydrocarbons from anthropogenic sources are still apparent. Antarctica’s chronically cold temperatures and other…

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Fine hyphal coils in the liverwort Cephaloziella varians increase in frequency in response to experimental warming in maritime Antarctica

2 June, 2021 by Kevin Newsham

Previous studies have shown changes to the frequencies of hyphal coils and other fungal structures in leafy liverwort tissues across latitudinal transects through Antarctica. Although suggestive of a role of…

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Growth optimisation and kinetic profiling of diesel biodegradation by a cold‒adapted microbial consortium isolated from Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica

2 June, 2021 by Peter Convey

Pollution associated with petrogenic hydrocarbons is increasing in Antarctica due to a combination of increasing human activity and the continent’s unforgiving environmental conditions. The current study focuses on the ability…

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Quantarctica, an integrated mapping environment for Antarctica, the Southern Ocean, and sub-Antarctic islands

1 June, 2021 by Huw Griffiths

Quantarctica (https://www.npolar.no/quantarctica) is a geospatial data package, analysis environment, and visualization platform for the Antarctic Continent, Southern Ocean (>40oS), and sub-Antarctic islands. Quantarctica works with the free, cross-platform Geographical Information…

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Local- and large-scale drivers of variability in the coastal freshwater budget of the Western Antarctic Peninsula

1 June, 2021 by Hugh Venables, Alexander Brearley, Mark Barham, Michael Meredith

The west Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) is a region of marked climatic variability, exhibiting strong changes in sea ice extent, retreat of most of its glaciers, and shifts in the amount…

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Inhomogeneity of the surface air temperature record from Halley, Antarctica

1 June, 2021 by Andrew Orr, Gareth Marshall, Hua Lu, Scott Hosking, John King, John Turner, Steve Colwell, Tony Phillips

Commencing in 1956, observations made at Halley Research Station, Antarctica provide one of the longest continuous series of near-surface temperature observations from the Antarctic continent. Since few other records of…

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Marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction: Promoting marine scientific research and enabling equitable benefit sharing

31 May, 2021 by Katrin Linse

Growing human activity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) is driving increasing impacts on the biodiversity of this vast area of the ocean. As a result, the United Nations General…

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