British Antarctic Survey

Natural Environment Research Council

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has a long and distinguished history of carrying out research and surveys in the Antarctic and surrounding regions, undertaking most of the British research on the frozen continent. The close linking of our science programmes with essential logistics support makes us very effective in carrying out the complicated and sophisticated scientific field programmes that are necessary today.

As a major research centre of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), we:

  • Provide a national capability for Antarctic science and logistics
  • Carry out scientific research, long-term observations and surveys that cannot be done by anyone else in the UK
  • Provide a focus for international co-operation and programme co-ordination
  • Concentrate on issues fundamental to NERC’s science strategy and conservation of the Antarctic environment.

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Key facts

  • Over 400 employees
  • Based in Cambridge, Antarctica
    and on two Royal Research Ships
  • Sector: Science
  • NERC funded
  • £50.4 million budget for 2014-15