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Corporate Aims

Our Vision

By 2020 the British Antarctic Survey will be recognised as a world-leading centre for polar research and expertise, addressing issues of global importance.

Our Mission

The Mission of British Antarctic Survey is:

  • To deliver a world class programme of scientific research, national capability and long-term observations, concentrating on the regional and global role of polar processes in the Earth system.
  • Through our science and impact sustain for the UK an active and influential Antarctic regional presence, and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.

Our Strategy

The structure of the Earth is very complicated. Its many parts link together in different ways over vast ranges of space and time. Understanding how the system works, and in particular how it is responding to ever-increasing human pressures, is arguably science’s greatest challenge. Within the Earth system, the Antarctic, although it is geographically remote, is of special relevance. The Southern Ocean, its sea-ice cover and the great Antarctic ice sheet are important parts of the climate system. The Antarctic environment provides a sensitive indicator of global change. Antarctic sediments and ice cores tell us about the history of past climate, which can help us predict the climate of the future. Seizing these opportunities for important global research will teach us more about the processes that affect everyone.

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is an international leader in Antarctic science relevant to global problems, carrying out science that is excellent, relevant and important. But we can and must do more, widening our focus to include the whole planet (now called Earth System Science). Our strategy outlines how we are going to achieve this goal.

Our Strategic Priorities

To achieve the BAS Vision, we have identified seven priorities for the period 2002 to 2012. These are to:

  • Focus our work on relevant key global or basic science issues
  • Achieve excellence in delivering science using best practice
  • Lead national and international science partnerships
  • Achieve worldwide public recognition for excellence
  • Maintain a British presence in the Antarctic
  • Minimise our effects on the environment
  • Build a top-quality, professional workforce