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Science Briefings

Science briefings

In-depth focus on key areas of British Antarctic Survey Research. If you have suggestions for more briefings like this please contact the press office.

Antarctic and Arctic sea ice
Sea ice plays an important role in regulating the Earth’s climate system. Over the last few decades, satellites have detected changes to the amount of sea ice that covers the polar oceans. Understanding these changes, and what they mean for our future climate, is a key focus for scientists.

Sustainable management of krill resources in the Southern Ocean
Krill, a tiny shrimp-like crustacean, is a food source for whales, penguins, other seabirds and seals. Rich in oil and other nutrients this marine animal is in demand by commercial fisheries for feeding farmed fish, nutritional supplements for humans and other products. As markets for these products grow it is important to ensure that krill fish stocks are preserved and managed sustainably for native species and for human needs. Long-term ecosystem research by British Antarctic Survey underpins the conservation and management of these species.

Antarctica and climate change
It is widely accepted that climate change as a result of human activity, is real, happening now and will have an impact of everyone and everything on the Earth.

Ice cores and climate change
Slices of ice core, drilled from the depths of the Earth’s ice sheets reveal details of the planet’s past climate.

The Ozone Hole
It’s over 25 years since the discovery of the ozone hole drew world attention to the impact of human activity on the global environment.

Recent reports suggest that climate change is putting penguins in peril. Scientists at British Antarctic Survey investigating long-term changes in penguin populations report what’s happening to these iconic birds.

All but two of the world’s 22 species of albatross are threatened with extinction because of commercial fishing activity. British Antarctic Survey science and technology underpins international efforts to conserve these charismatic birds.