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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.

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 sea-level rise
Sea-level rise increases the frequency of coastal flooding events and threatens coastal populations around the world.

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 Antarctic Peninsula’s retreating ice shelves
The breakout in March 2008 of the Wilkins Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula is the latest drama in a region that has experienced unprecedented warming over the last 50 years. In the past 30 years around ten floating ice shelves retreated, in some cases very little of their original area remains. The changes give us clues about the impact of climate change across Antarctica in the coming centuries.

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.

Penguins
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.

Albatrosses
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.