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University of British Antarctic Survey

British Antarctic Survey (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. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure, help sustain a world-leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. The UK is one of over thirty countries operating scientific research facilities in Antarctica. The BAS annual budget is around £50 million. The majority of this funding comes from NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) the leading funder of independent research, training and innovation in environmental science in the UK. NERC is one of seven Research Councils, operating under the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. NERC’s activities and funding decisions are independent of government. British Antarctic Survey’s accounts are published in the NERC Annual Report and Accounts. The NERC Delivery Plan lists spend on Antarctic logistics and infrastructure. Their Vision and mission are designed to improve knowledge about our planet, to advance understanding of the processes, vulnerability and risks that arise from natural and man-made phenomena. Our Science Strategy aims to increase our ability to predict environmental change, and inform the policy and economic decision making process that will help society adapt and thrive in the future. Our Operational Strategy aims to support Britain’s polar research effort through the provision and management of large-scale polar infrastructure assets, services and facilities in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible.