British Antarctic Survey


BAS Vision

To be a world-leading centre for polar science and polar operations, addressing issues of global importance and helping society adapt to a changing world.

BAS Mission

BAS is a research-driven organisation recognised for:

  • Commitment to excellence in science
  • Operational professionalism and innovation in everything we do
  • A partner of choice for science, operations and business wherever polar expertise can be applied
  • Safely delivering complex operations in extreme environments
  • Commitment to environmental stewardship of the polar regions
  • Developing our staff to reach their full potential
  • Sustaining an active and influential presence in Antarctica on behalf of the UK, and playing a leadership role in Antarctic affairs
  • Engagement with policy-makers, government and the public

BAS Strategy

Understanding how the Earth works, and in particular how it is responding to ever-increasing human pressures, is one of science’s greatest challenges. Within the Earth system, the Polar Regions, although geographically remote, are of special relevance. Antarctic and Arctic sea-ice cover and the great Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets are important parts of the climate system. The polar environment and ecology 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 globally important research will teach us more about the environmental processes that affect everyone.

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is an international leader in Antarctic science that is relevant to global problems. We deliver science that is excellent, exciting, and innovative. We also provide world-leading research infrastructure that enables scientists from the UK, and colleagues from many nations, to work safely and effectively in the polar regions.