Polar Data Centre

The Polar Data Centre (PDC) is the focal point for Arctic and Antarctic environmental data management in the UK. Part of the Natural Environmental Research Council’s (NERC) network of environmental data centres and based at the British Antarctic Survey, we coordinate the management of polar data from UK-funded research and support researchers in complying with national and international data legislation and policy.

Our skills and experience reflect the broad and multi-disciplinary nature of polar research that produces data from all the Earth’s spheres. We provide guidance on best practice throughout the data management life cycle from data planning to developing tools for data discovery and access. We also provide operational data services, supporting data capture and transfer systems on UK polar stations, ships and aircraft.

Our main goal is to ensure that environmental data collected in the polar regions are made available and accessible to all in order to fully realise their reuse potential. This aim is in accordance with the NERC data policy and, for the Antarctic, upholds Article III 1(c) of the Antarctic Treaty. Whilst making data open, we also work to ensure that the original data collectors are properly acknowledged when data are reused through the creation of dataset citations.

As a data centre based on geographical extent rather than scientific discipline we work closely with data scientists at the other NERC data centres and coordinate many of our data management activities. The PDC represents the UK internationally on polar data issues through the SCAR Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management and the IASC sponsored Arctic Data Committee.


Polar Data Centre
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross
Madingley Road

Email: [email protected]

Beverley Ager

Assistant Information Officer

Timothy Barnes

Data Manager

Ellen Bazeley-White

Scientific Data Manager

Paul Breen

Data Manager

Sarah Chapman

Scientific Data Manager

Peter Kirsch

Data Manager

Helen Peat

Data Manager

Alex Tate

Head of Information Services

Jenny Thomas

Bio Acoustic Data Manager

Hue Tran

Data Manager

Katy Buckland

Scientific Data Co Ordinator

Marine Geophysical Data Portal

An interactive web tool allowing users to search for and visualise marine geophysical data collected on UK research vessels in the polar regions.

Marine Metadata Project

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

Herbarium Collection

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

Data Access System

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

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.

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