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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL – BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY (NERC-BAS)

Overview

For over 60 years, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has been responsible for most of the UK's scientific research in Antarctica. BAS, an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth and our impact on it. Through its extensive logistic capability and know-how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation.

NERC-BAS provides TA services for ASSEMBLE Plus and is also one of the British partners in the consortium. 

Ecosystems

  • Antarctic marine ecosystem via Rothera Research base on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Antarctic benthic ecosystems
  • LTER site for plankton
  • LTER site for water chemistry

 

Ecosystem access

  • Research vessel
  • Diving facilities

 

Biological resources

  • Collection of biological material (e.g. water samples) and animals (mainly invertebrates) at Rothera via SCUBA divers or boating

 

Experimental facilities and technology platforms

  • Biological material can be transported live to Cambridge or sampled in the Antarctic 
  • Samples can be sent back to the UK either as cool stow (4°C) or frozen at either -20°C or -80°C
  • Temporary holding of animals in the Cambridge aquarium prior to collection by collaborators
  • Presens oxygen sensing equipment
  • Aquaria
  • Access to associated wet-lab facilities at Cambridge for basic analyses

 

Acronym: 
NERC-BAS
Address: 
British Antarctic Survey High Cross
Madingley Road
Cambridge
CB3 0ET
United Kingdom
E-mail: 

Liaison officer: Melody Clark (mscl@bas.ac.uk), cc to: assembleplus@sams.ac.uk

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