Science and support teams from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are gearing up for the start of the Antarctic summer field season. A major focus for the season is the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS), one of the largest potential sources of future sea-level rise. Construction of a new wharf at Rothera Research Station starts in…
Heavy sea ice conditions have thwarted the BAS-led research cruise on the RRS James Clark Ross to the Larsen C Ice Shelf. The ship’s progress had been very slow, encountering sea ice up to 4-5 metres thick. Yesterday the ship’s captain made the difficult decision not to continue. Read the full press release on the…
An international team of researchers, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), travels to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia this month (January) to carry out the first scientific whale survey since whaling stopped in the 1970s. The G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Working Group workshop took place in London on 12-13 December, and was attended by Government officials, funding agencies as well as marine scientists and specialists from across the G7. RRS James Cook spends Christmas on the Mid-Atlantic ridge and more….
The populations of wandering, black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses have halved over the last 35 years on sub-antarctic Bird Island according to a new study published today (20 November) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
A team of scientists, led by BAS is planning an urgent mission to investigate a mysterious marine ecosystem that’s been hidden beneath the Larsen C Ice Shelf for up to 120,000 years. The recent calving event in July resulted in a massive iceberg that exposed around 5,818 km2 of seabed. The research team is planning a ship-borne research cruise on the RRS James Clark Ross in February 2018, to investigate the area before its biological communities begin to change. The press release can be read in full on the BAS website here.
The latest copy of the BAS internal newsletter the Icesheet is available (along with all back copies) on our website. This issue articles include the official opening of the Aurora Innovation Centre, an update on the RRS Sir David Attenborough … and more!
The latest copy of the BAS internal newsletter IceSheet is available (along with all back copies) on our website. This issue articles include mid-winter celebrations, an update from the director of operations, Jerry Burgan’s retirement, the new library at Cambridge … and more!