Policy paper

UK science in Antarctica: 2014 to 2020

A framework for British research, outlining the UK’s science strategy in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean from 2014 to 2020.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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UK science in Antarctica 2014 to 2020

Details

Outlines the UK’s science strategy in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, one of the most important regions of our planet. It identifies:

  • the main research areas for the government over the next 5 years
  • international relations
  • economic factors

It addresses the urgent need to better understand the Earth’s climate system and how the Southern Ocean ecosystem will evolve in coming decades. It also urges the science community to make new and important research discoveries that will benefit UK society and its economy.

It will be revised over time to take into account:

  • new discoveries
  • new technologies
  • new ways of thinking
Published 16 July 2014