The British Antarctica Survey (BAS) traces its roots to post World War II and was officially formed in 1962 and headquartered in Cambridge, U.K. The BAS has five permanent bases in the British Antarctic Territory and two bases in South Georgia. BAS headquarters supplies office, equipment, scientific labs and research materials for scientific inquiry into the natural resources and geography of the Antarctic.
Sea level rise from Antarctic collapse may be slower than suggested
A new study by scientists in the UK and France has found that Antarctic ice sheet collapse will have serious consequences for sea level rise over the next two hundred years, though not as much as some have suggested.
Ocean life triggers ice formation in clouds
Researchers have shown for the first time that phytoplankton (plant life) in remote ocean regions can contribute to rare airborne particles that trigger ice formation in clouds. Results published this week (Wednesday 9 September) ...
Warmer temperatures stimulate diversity of soil fungi
New research on Antarctic soil fungi shows they are stimulated by warmer temperatures and could increase if the region continues to warm.
New study shows Antarctic ice shelf is thinning from above and below
A decade-long scientific debate about what's causing the thinning of one of Antarctica's largest ice shelves is settled this week (Wednesday 13 May) with the publication of an international study in the journal The Cryosphere.
Explaining sea lion decline
The southern sea lion population of the Falkland Islands witnessed a dramatic decline during the last century with numbers falling by 65 per cent between the 1930s and 1960s. It was thought commercial hunting was the main ...
Bird tracking aids seabird research
A two year study of shags on the Isle of May National Nature Reserve in Scotland reveals that when winds are strong, female birds take much longer to find food compared with males.
Ocean upwelling and increasing winds
As the southern westerly winds drive the Antarctic circumpolar current around Antarctica, deep waters are forced up to the surface south of the polar front. Changes in the intensity with which this relatively warm, nutrient ...
Sun-lit snow packs are chemical reactors and reservoirs that strongly influence air quality
For example, ozone is a pollutant and greenhouse gas, and surface concentrations show both dramatic depletion near the sea-ice zone during polar spring and production above inner Antarctica during summer. To date our understanding ...
Petrels tracked across the Oceans
Staff at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are following the journeys of White-chinned Petrel fledglings as they make their first journeys over the South Atlantic Ocean in search of food. The birds have been fitted with small ...
Modelling the instantaneous response of glaciers after ice shelf collapse
In February 2002, satellite images from a remote location in Antarctica revealed how an immense volume of floating ice, up to 1km thick, suddenly collapsed. Over the course of a few weeks, 3,300km2 of the Larsen B Ice Shelf ...