Mapping and GIS team

The Mapping and Geographic Information Centre provides geospatial information support to BAS science and operations programmes. It takes a leading role in international projects to improve geospatial information resources for Antarctica through new techniques and data sources.

Team priorities

  • Provide geospatial information support to BAS science and operations programmes and other external stakeholders
  • Develop the geospatial infrastructure for British Antarctic Territory
  • Take a leading role in international projects to improve polar geospatial information

Technology, innovation and training

  • Pursue opportunities from new geospatial techniques and data sources, developing innovative methods for measuring historical glacier change and detection of wildlife and vegetation
  • Satellite imagery, aerial photography and GPS are key data sources for supporting BAS science and operations and new topographic mapping
  • Provide the wider Antarctic science and operations community with web –based systems for easy access to geospatial information
    Influencing and leading international programmes
  • Play a key role in international programmes providing accurate and up-to-date sea ice and iceberg information from satellite imagery for polar maritime operations
  • Represent UK interests on the International  Ice Charting Working Group
  • Take leading roles on the SCAR Standing Committee on Geographic Information and Action Group on Remote Sensing

Stakeholder and public engagement

  • Publishing topographic maps, and managing the Antarctic Place-names Committee, gazetteer and online map for the FCO supports UK foreign policy interests in Antarctica
  • Collaborating with international partners to provide accessible geospatial data sets and resources for the wider Antarctic community
  • Publish high quality maps aimed at tourist visitors to Antarctica, in association with the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust
  • Participate in BAS media and public engagement programmes through public talks and STEM ambassador roles
  • Present the work of MAGIC and BAS through scientific and general -interest publications and at national and international events
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Andreas Cziferszky

Geospatial Systems Architect

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Felix Fennell

Geospatial Developer

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Nathan Fenney

Geomatics Specialist

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Elena Field

GIS and Web Mapping Specialist

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Andrew Fleming

Remote Sensing Manager

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Adrian Fox

Head of Mapping

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Peter Fretwell

Geographic Information Officer

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Laura Gerrish

GIS and Mapping Specialist

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Louise Ireland

Senior Geospatial Specialist

Polar Thematic Exploitation Platform

A Polar Thematic Exploitation Platform (Polar TEP) is being developed for the European Space Agency (ESA). Polar TEP will provide polar researchers with access to computing resources, earth observation (EO) …

EC Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service

The Copernicus marine environment monitoring service provides regular and systematic reference information on the state of the physical oceans and regional seas. The observations and forecasts produced by the service …


South Georgia GIS

Visualise and download topographic, management and scientific data for South Georgia.

Polar View

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

Antarctic Digital Database

The SCAR ADD is a seamless compilation of topographic data for Antarctica to 60°S. It is the place to go to get data such as Antarctic coastline or contours for working in desktop GIS.

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.


A68 iceberg heads towards South Georgia

4 November, 2020

An iceberg is heading towards the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. A68a – the size of the UK county of Somerset – broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf …


Scientists discover new penguin colonies from space

5 August, 2020

A new study using satellite mapping technology reveals there are nearly 20% more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than was previously thought. The results provide an important benchmark for monitoring …


Updated Mapping Datasets for Antarctica

12 May, 2020

A newly updated Antarctic Digital Database is released today (12 May 2020). Aimed at the science and logistics communities, the maps include updates to the ice shelf front around Thwaites …



Stranded whales detected from space

17 October, 2019

A new technique for analysing satellite images may help scientists detect and count stranded whales from space. Researchers tested a new detection method using Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite images …




Watching whales from space

1 November, 2018

Scientists have used detailed high-resolution satellite images provided by Maxar Technologies’ DigitalGlobe, to detect, count and describe four different species of whales. Reported this week in the journal Marine Mammal …


New map of South Georgia wins award

7 September, 2018

British Antarctic Survey’s detailed map of the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia featuring the epic “Shackleton Crossing” has won an award at the 2018 British Cartography Society Awards. The map, …



New map of South Georgia unveiled

24 August, 2017

A team of cartographers at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has re-produced a high-resolution updated map of the sub-antarctic island of South Georgia. The island, situated at 37°W 54°10’S is a …






NEWS STORY: New maps show unseen world

25 September, 2014

New maps of the polar regions reveal unseen world beneath the ice and highlight dramatic decline in Arctic sea ice cover New maps of the sub-ice features in Antarctica and …


NEWS STORY: Emperor Penguins’ adaptation skills

24 June, 2014

New research using satellite images reveals that emperor penguins are more willing to relocate than previously thought A new study led by the University of Minnesota offers new insights on …


NEWS STORY: Award for innovative map

3 October, 2013

Map makers rewarded for stunning recreation of Antarctic without ice A colourful British Antarctic Survey map has won a coveted award. The map, created by the institution’s MAGIC (Mapping and …


NEWS STORY: Bedmap opens up Antarctica

8 March, 2013

Bedmap2 gives scientists a more detailed view of Antarctica”s landmass Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey have been working with a host of international collaborators to present the most detailed …


NEWS STORY: Queen Elizabeth land

18 December, 2012

UK names part of Antarctica in honour of the Queen The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has announced that the southern part of British Antarctic Territory has been named Queen Elizabeth …



Polar View in the Antarctic

8 February, 2010

As the Antarctic field season continues with the usual mix of exciting research programmes new enhancements to the online satellite image system that improves ship safety and efficiency are launched. …


PRESS RELEASE: Interactive map highlights diversity

22 October, 2008

New visualisation of South Georgia A new visualisation tool for exploring the subantarctic islands of South Georgia is unveiled today (22 October 2008). The South Georgia Geographic Information System (SGGIS) …


Giant iceberg breaks off from Antarctic glacier

16 October, 2007

Giant iceberg breaks off from Antarctic glacier  British Antarctic Survey (BAS) scientists have spotted a huge iceberg, which has broken off from Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica. The iceberg, …




Deglaciation of Pope Glacier implies widespread early Holocene ice sheet thinning in the Amundsen Sea sector of Antarctica.

15 October, 2020 by James Smith, Joanne Johnson, Louise Ireland, Stephen Roberts

The Amundsen Sea sector of the Antarctic ice sheet presently dominates the contribution from Antarctica to sea level rise. Several large ice streams that currently drain the sector have experienced…

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A comparison of baleen whale density estimates derived from overlapping satellite imagery and a shipborne survey

31 July, 2020 by Connor Bamford, Hannah Cubaynes, Hannah Cubaynes, Jennifer Jackson, Laura Gerrish, Phil Trathan, Peter Fretwell

As whales recover from commercial exploitation, they are increasing in abundance in habitats that they have been absent from for decades. However, studying the recovery and habitat use patterns of…

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Using deep learning to count albatrosses from space: Assessing results in light of ground truth uncertainty

24 June, 2020 by Peter Fretwell

Many wildlife species inhabit inaccessible environments, limiting researchers ability to conduct essential population surveys. Recently, very high resolution (sub-metre) satellite imagery has enabled remote monitoring of certain species directly from…

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Spectral reflectance of whale skin above the sea surface: a proposed measurement protocol

10 March, 2020 by Hannah Cubaynes, Hannah Cubaynes, Jennifer Jackson, Jaume Forcada, Phil Trathan, Peter Fretwell

Great whales have been detected using very‐high‐resolution satellite imagery, suggesting this technology could be used to monitor whales in remote areas. However, the application of this method to whale studies…

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Semiautomated detection and mapping of vegetation distribution in the Antarctic environment using spatial-spectral characteristics of WorldView-2 imagery.

15 August, 2019 by Peter Convey, Peter Fretwell

Effective monitoring of changes in the geographic distribution of cryospheric vegetation requires high-resolution and accurate baseline maps. The rationale of the present study is to compare multiple feature extraction approaches…

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Sex-specific effects of fisheries and climate on the demography of sexually dimorphic seabirds

11 June, 2019 by Andy Wood, Deborah Pardo, Jaume Forcada, Louise Ireland, Richard Phillips

1.Many animal taxa exhibit sex‐specific variation in ecological traits, such as foraging and distribution. These differences could result in sex‐specific responses to change, but such demographic effects are poorly understood.…

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