Polar Data Centre

The Polar Data Centre (PDC) based at the British Antarctic Survey is part of the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) network of Environmental Data Centres.

The PDC is responsible for coordinating the management of data collected by UK-funded Arctic and Antarctic researchers, for use in current science programmes and for the future.

The PDC is involved and has expertise in the whole data management life cycle from planning, acquisition and processing, through to reviewing, archiving, and onto analysis and dissemination.

Our staff are here to help all polar researchers fulfil NERC data policy requirements to make environmental data freely and openly accessible to anyone, and can provide advice on best practice and appropriate methods for long-term data storage.

The PDC collaborates with the polar data community internationally 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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