British Antarctic Survey
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is the United Kingdom's national polar research institute. It has a dual purpose, to conduct polar science, enabling better understanding of global issues, and to provide an active presence in the Antarctic on behalf of the UK. It is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). With over 400 staff, BAS takes an active role in Antarctic affairs, operating five research stations, one ship and five aircraft in both polar regions, as well as addressing key global and regional issues. This involves joint research projects with over 40 UK universities and more than 120 national and international collaborations.
|Legal status||Government organisation|
|Purpose||Scientific research and surveys in the Antarctic, Arctic & related regions|
|Headquarters||Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England|
|Professor Dame Jane Francis|
|Natural Environment Research Council|
Having taken shape from activities during World War II, it was known as the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey until 1962.