British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom

Data Center Description
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a component of the Natural
Environment Research Council. Based in Cambridge UK, it has, for
almost 60 years, undertaken the majority of Britain's scientific
research on and around the Antarctic continent. It now shares
that continent with scientists from around thirty countries.

BAS employs over 400 staff, and supports three stations in the
Antarctic, at Rothera, Halley and Signy, and two stations on
South Georgia, at King Edward Point and Bird Island. The
Antarctic operations and science programmes are executed and
managed from Cambridge, and rely on a wide-ranging team of
professional staff.

Ice-strengthened ships sustain the Antarctic operations. RRS
James Clark Ross has advanced facilities for oceanographic
research. RRS Ernest Shackleton is primarily a logistics ship
used for the resupply of stations. The Royal Navy's Ice Patrol
Vessel HMS Endurance has helicopters and provides valuable
logistic support. Four Twin Otter aircraft fitted with wheels
and skis are operated from Rothera and Halley, while a
wheels-only Dash-7 aircraft provides the inter-continental
air-link from Rothera to the Falkland Islands, and flies inland
to blue ice runways.

The BAS research programme is planned on a five-year
timetable. The current programme is described in the booklet
Antarctic Science in the Global Context, 2000-2005 . The
programme was based on proposals from staff. After international
peer review, the most highly rated were integrated into the
Survey's infrastructure capability. The outcome is a suite of
nine programmes complemented by projects in the medical and
environmental sciences and independent research activities. In
addition the competitive Antarctic Funding Initiative provides
access to Antarctica for BAS and NERC staff and the university


[Summary provided by The British Antarctic Survey]