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DescriptionStandardised list of major research areas within the British Antarctic Survey for classifying materials and activities.
CreatorUK Polar Data Centre
Version Info1
Identifier T01
Register Manager British Oceanographic Data Centre
Register Owner UK Polar Data Centre
Identifier PrefLabel Definition Date
596bc03c-650b-4384-a7ab-0bc763d0ca7c Animal science 2020-05-05
b2b73853-8f45-4ca6-9cd4-a12801a45251 Animal science 2020-05-05
0a621c0a-7f34-4c29-a4b6-2159dd19a18a Atmospheric physics & chemistry "Investigating physical and chemical changes in atmospheric circulation, ozone depletion, temperatures and sea-ice extent in both Polar Regions can help determine how much of the observed change is due to human activity and how much is a result of natural factors. Unique chemical processes occur in the atmosphere above Antarctica and the Arctic reveal much about our changing world." 2020-05-05
d13eb78f-2e2f-4cd6-89c3-ea7a44474405 Behavioural ecology 2020-05-05
7a7193f4-7826-4abf-b8d2-c56ff209fb2b Biogeochemical cycles 2020-05-05
a8cab4d1-89a7-4fdf-817a-a62d56934ae7 Biogeochemical cycles 2020-05-05
f623a973-e428-4832-9f44-e94992e52a38 Boundary layer meteorology 2020-05-05
3fee104a-1601-49bf-92db-75b521960307 Climate & climate change The scientific evidence that the world's climate is changing is extensive and clear. Understanding the role of the Polar Regions in climate change is not only a huge scientific challenge but also an urgent priority for society. 2020-05-05
78ce8379-392a-4722-9f4f-3f3a775eed05 Climate modelling 2020-05-05
bbd0fa2a-ee80-407c-a594-a8898afa2a55 Clouds and aerosols 2020-05-05
b7c659fc-be17-4942-bb6b-b3d661d4949e Community ecology 2020-05-05
e92c10de-b259-4e29-91ac-ffa94734495a Conservation ecology 2020-05-05
fcd0765b-237b-472e-b295-17a54fe660f3 Earth observation "Satellite technologies help scientists tackle some of the biggest environmental questions facing society. Innovative use of atmospheric, climate, ice and oceanographic data provides decision-makers in government and business with vital evidence to help them meet major environmental challenges. State-of-the art systems, capable of mapping the geology, monitoring sea-ice conditions, changes in surface temperature and concentrations of greenhouse gases reveal the changes in the Antarctic and Arctic." 2020-05-05
fdc34522-8acd-465b-ba29-a274ccf8387f Earth resources 2020-05-05
d71ecb83-959c-4703-a70a-a2ff6b07b424 Ecology & biodiversity "Antarctica is a natural laboratory for studying the small number of plant and animal species that live in communities. Microbial life, invisible to the naked eye, plays a vital role in Antarctic ecosystems. State-of-the-art genetic methods to study the DNA of these microbes may lead to discoveries that could help in the production of new antibiotics and other compounds." 2020-05-05
1ca730cc-753e-4fed-b7dd-b23ec0f8930d Ecosystem scale processes 2020-05-05
04704e3e-136d-4d8e-9068-7d323ac71a2f Ecotoxicology 2020-05-05
274b2235-e669-4185-9b10-9f934a4474bf Endocrinology 2020-05-05
73e97b6e-e8bd-4b93-953b-387d416b7097 Genetics & development 2020-05-05
d76aedb1-ce03-49d8-9f66-7492b4f43efd Geoelectric field 2020-05-05
941b094d-7ac1-427f-b036-7e3d84bc18ad Geohazards 2020-05-05
422b2d9b-ad7f-4bf0-a24f-6902c59476e6 Geosciences "Exploring the climate history and the geological structure and evolution of the rocks and mountains of Antarctica�s continental interior provides clues to past, present and future environmental change. Under-ice lakes, mountain chains buried by up to 4km ice, and sea bed sediments surrounding the frozen continent provide an unparalleled record of how the Earth�s climate has changed over millions of years." 2020-05-05
f89107a8-df73-4570-a3e9-065e351a9ef2 Glacier flow 2020-05-05
7916ed55-664b-4d06-8ce4-335dd61badef Ice & ice-movement "Over the past 40 years, ice cores have revealed more about climate change than any other scientific technique. Over the last few decades, satellites have detected changes to the amount of sea ice that covers the polar oceans. Since 1979 summer sea-ice extent in the Arctic has reduced at 10% per decade. Some major glaciers that drain the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets have accelerated by as much as 50%." 2020-05-05
361078d6-e85e-4ea8-904d-8a0d1621b742 Ice chemistry 2020-05-05
0096c11f-98f0-4cde-8ee3-16317d6ace13 Ice cores 2020-05-05
85897ab2-d205-452c-adf5-81815ff865ef Ice-sheet modelling 2020-05-05
b6ef5628-8959-4053-825b-452110abad6d Land-ocean interactions 2020-05-05
0d6365f7-7f89-41fa-bb14-b42023d1f08b Living and working in Antarctica 2020-05-05
9f2cde3a-5751-4285-82ba-9d3e2462eef4 Magnetic storms & substorms 2020-05-05
90c2f761-3f77-4824-b0d2-e287d8f07b71 Mantle & core processes 2020-05-05
966ecbc2-2c6f-4a77-bc74-8feef073592b Marine ecosystems Understanding Antarctic and Arctic marine ecosystems by exploring biodiversity and resilience to environmental change is critical for making policy decisions that will lead to effective stewardship and sustainable management of marine resources. This strand of research combines existing long-term data with new field-based and experimental observations to explore the impact of environmental change on marine ecosystems. 2020-05-05
9a97982a-5faa-454d-9dbd-e3f21fb010f5 Natural hazards 2020-05-05
c5ddf381-aa4b-4538-baf4-f47be392a8d8 Ocean circulation 2020-05-05
852cee3f-42ed-45f1-875a-15b0f7170ff9 Ocean-atmosphere interactions 2020-05-05
ae2f8f16-4b5c-484e-af2a-8908d7c92eaf Ocean-atmosphere interactions 2020-05-05
12254fa9-710f-4b6b-b7dd-f834d11e60a1 Oceanography "Polar oceans influence the entire Earth System in all areas, including the seas around the UK. The polar oceans have an enormous capacity to store and redistribute fresh water, heat, carbon dioxide and other climatically-important substances. Oceanographic studies help make more accurate predictions about global impacts." 2020-05-05
91284e7f-0766-4848-a317-31d264daab53 Ozone monitoring 2020-05-05
83bb7454-a57c-4007-8b51-512d26e61e1a Palaeoenvironments 2020-05-05
d015a980-7491-4fba-b21c-d840ab724c48 Past climate 2020-05-05
2fcb6256-cf93-41a9-ab48-eee253218835 Plant science 2020-05-05
fc65299b-a133-4310-98d3-634b3169df77 Population ecology 2020-05-05
cd819959-57eb-4542-bf4a-1cd1de4dbd78 Population genetics/evolution 2020-05-05
819c734d-0a8b-482b-9a75-626b37d47a30 Properties of earth materials 2020-05-05
d7ca6194-fb70-4e3d-b7e9-35b046e49b12 Quaternary science 2020-05-05
3fa782a5-4800-4847-a81b-e0d9885c743a Radiation belt modelling 2020-05-05
7adb0ef7-b55d-401b-a04d-73cb4fa2638b Radiative processes & effects 2020-05-05
df2715b7-ddb0-4972-b69a-90a564ce9fc1 Regional weather & extreme events 2020-05-05
0be93982-91ef-4d54-b9cc-8d9d47ffd206 Remote sensing 2020-05-05
c309f4f6-f8f3-4975-9704-93f820507e08 Sea-ice extent 2020-05-05
0b473850-67b5-49ab-9118-c13956185ddd Sea-level rise Changes to the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets affects sea level all over the world. 2020-05-05
32f79e96-7ff6-43ca-b190-830e6883c720 Sediment/sedimentary processes 2020-05-05
26fa0656-1558-4710-84e2-cb0aad13cb2a Space debris 2020-05-05
a7aecb2e-b6f2-4f48-b4b1-c0095631de37 Space physics 2020-05-05
04e66d42-2b03-422c-a89e-c16c7b283b6f Space weather "Geomagnetic storms (space weather) are rapidly becoming one of the biggest potential threats to modern society. They can cause serious damage to power grids, communications satellites and other vital infrastructure." 2020-05-05
42f53c05-66d8-465e-a134-6e77e4be9585 Stratospheric processes 2020-05-05
dcabfdad-6ced-4fe4-b1e9-c428f9113c94 Sun-earth connections 2020-05-05
bebe7930-81e5-4110-a618-c9fe049c02af Systematics & taxonomy 2020-05-05
e9787b4f-5f02-43fd-b7df-6c42f56c73b8 Tectonic processes 2020-05-05
34f3e3e7-8988-474d-9d52-509b0fd0905f Terrestrial & freshwater environments "Antarctica organisms live in the coldest and driest conditions in the world, and only the hardiest organisms can survive there. Low temperatures and lack of moisture limits the release of nutrients through rock weathering and processes of soil development. Some primary production occurs in the ice free zones, mostly by various types of bacteria, algae, lichens, and mosses." 2020-05-05
9cd3118f-55e2-4c07-b9f4-e260e40e8eb2 Topographic mapping 2020-05-05
603cfb5f-4d6a-42b7-9895-df308aa54b4d Tropospheric processes 2020-05-05
ad1b8647-6aa3-49fe-8570-e7ce1e0d39ff Upper atmosphere processes & geospace 2020-05-05
4699a644-d301-4a19-8905-1ec7ed5d9f2a Volcanic processes 2020-05-05
e49c8467-f741-4cb0-b7bd-b642f6f4d921 Wave particle interactions 2020-05-05