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GPS and Time-Depth Recorder tracking of common and Brunnich's guillemots from five colonies around Iceland, June-July 2019-2021

Norman Ratcliffe & Anne-Sophie Bonnet-Lebrun
We tracked 94 common and 50 Brunnich's guillemots from five colonies around Iceland (Latrabjarg, Grimsey, Langanes, Skrudur and Papey) during late incubation and chick rearing from June to July 2019. We also tracked 5 common and 3 Brunnich's guillemots from Langanes during chick-rearing in July 2020 (GPS only). We used Pathtrack nanoFix GPS loggers to record locations every 3min and Cefas G5 TDR loggers to record depth every second. The tags recorded the birds' behaviour...

Kilometre and sub-kilometre scale atmosphere-only model simulations using the Met Office Unified Model of a foehn wind event over the Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula on 27 January 2011

Andrew Orr & Tony Phillips
Firstly, simulations of surface pressure, 10 m zonal wind speed, 10 m meridional wind speed, 1.5 m air temperature, and 1.5 m specific humidity over the Larsen C Ice Shelf for the duration of the OFCAP (Orographic Flows and the Climate of the Antarctic Peninsula) field campaign from 8 January 2011 to 8 February 2011 were conducted using the regional atmosphere-only configuration of the Met Office Unified Model (MetUM) at 4 km grid spacing by...

Processed airborne radio-echo sounding data from the AGAP survey covering Antarctica's Gamburtsev Province, East Antarctica (2007/2009)

Hugh Corr, Fausto Ferraccioli, Tom Jordan & Carl Robinson
An airborne radar survey was flown as part of the seven nation Antarctica's Gamburtsev Province (AGAP) expedition over the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains, Dome A, and the interior of East Antarctica during the International Polar Year 2007-2009. Operating from field camps located on either side of Dome A (namely AGAP-N and AGAP-S), we collected ~120,000 km (equivalent to 180,000 km2) of airborne survey data using two Twin Otter aircrafts - one from BAS and one from...

Processed airborne radio-echo sounding data from the IMAFI survey covering the Institute and Moller ice streams and the Patriot Hills, West Antarctica (2010/2011)

Neil Ross, Robert Bingham, Fausto Ferraccioli, Tom Jordan, Anne Le Brocq, David Rippin & Martin Siegert
An airborne radar survey was flown over the Institute and Moller ice streams in the Weddell Sea sector of West Antarctica in the austral summer of 2010/11 as part of the Institute-Moller Antarctic Funding Initiative (IMAFI) project (grant reference number: NE/G013071/1). This project was a NERC Antarctic Funding Initiative (AFI) collaborative project between the British Antarctic Survey and the Universities of Edinburgh, York, Aberdeen and Exeter with the aim to test the hypothesis that the...

Macrobenthic Isopoda collected by epibenthic sledge from the southern Weddell Sea in 2012, South Orkney Islands in 2016, Prince Gustav Channel in 2018 and Eastern Antarctic Peninsula in 2019

Davide Di Franco, Angelika Brandt & Katrin Linse
In 2012 RRS James Clark Ross investigated the marine benthic biodiversity of the southern Weddell Sea (JR275), in 2016 the marine benthic biodiversity of the South Orkney Islands (JR15005) and in 2018 the marine benthic biodiversity of the Prince Gustav Channel area. In 2019 RV Polarstern investigated the marine benthic biodiversity of the eastern Antarctic Peninsula (PS119). During all expeditions macrobenthic isopod fauna (Peracarida, Crustacea) was collected by a total of 37 epibenthic sledge (EBS)...

Numbers of reads of fungal operational taxonomic units in a soil warming experiment at Mars Oasis in maritime Antarctica from 2007-2012

Marie L Davey & Kevin K Newsham
The datasets consist of three csv files containing: (i) the numbers of DNA reads of 415 operational taxonomic units of fungi in 64 plots of a soil warming experiment sampled in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, (ii) the taxonomic placements of the fungi and (iii) the treatments applied to the plots. The research was funded by an Antarctic Funding Initiative grant from the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NE/D00893X/1), a NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training...

Diversification patterns in Boeckella

Claudia Maturana
Aim: We investigated evolutionary relationships and biogeographical patterns within the genus Boeckella to evaluate: 1) whether its current widespread distribution in the Southern Hemisphere is due to recent long-distance dispersal or long-term diversification; and 2) the age and origin of sub-Antarctic and Antarctic Boeckella species, with particular focus on the most widely distributed species: B. poppei. Location: South America, sub-Antarctic islands, maritime Antarctica, continental Antarctica and Australasia. Methods: To reconstruct phylogenetic patterns of Boeckella, we...

Evidence for an Allee effect in a declining fur seal population

Rebecca Nagel, Claire Stainfield, Cameron Fox-Clarke, Camille Toscani, Jaume Forcada & Joseph Hoffman
Allee effects play an important role in the dynamics of many populations and can increase the risk of local extinction. However, some authors have questioned the weight of evidence for Allee effects in wild populations. We therefore exploited a natural experiment provided by two adjacent breeding colonies of contrasting density to investigate the potential for Allee effects in an Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) population that is declining in response to climate-change induced reductions in...

Electron Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron diffusion coefficients calculated from Van Allen Probe observations

Johnathan Ross & Sarah Glauert
Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron (EMIC) wave are important for the losses of ultra-relativistic electrons from the Earth's radiation belts. In this work, statistical EMIC diffusion coefficients are calculated from Van Allen Probe A observations of EMIC waves from the entire mission. The diffusion coefficient calculations include the observed L* and activity dependent distributions in plasma density and wave spectra so that the wave-particle interactions modelled are representative of those in the radiation belts. These diffusion coefficients...

Four approaches leading to the age scale of the Young Island ice core

Dorothea Moser & Elizabeth Thomas
Young Island is a new ice core drilling site uniquely positioned to give insight into the (sub-)Antarctic climate. This dataset contains four preliminary dating approaches that lay the foundation for the age scale of the Young Island ice core presented in Moser et al. (2021). Funding was provided to SubICE by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, the Swiss Polar Institute, and Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc (grant no. SubICE). ERT received core funding from NERC to the...

GPS and Time-Depth Recorder tracking data of chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarcticus) breeding at the South Orkney Islands, from 2011 to 2016

Philip Trathan, Andrew Lowther & Fabrizio Manco
This dataset captures information from GPS and Time-Depth Recorder (TDR) tracking of 221 chinstrap penguins from 4 sites at the South Orkney Islands (Cape Geddes at Laurie Island, Powell Island, Monroe Island and Signy Island). Monitoring was carried out during incubation and brood between the months of December and February from 2011 to 2016. GPS data are available at 4 minute intervals whilst birds are at the sea surface and dive data every second. Tags...

Solutions to BAS-PRO model runs for Modelling 1-10MeV Proton Phase Space Density

Alexander Lozinski, Richard Horne, Sarah Glauert, Giulio Del Zanna & Seth Claudepierre
This dataset contains solution data produced by the BAS-PRO proton radiation belt model for the study "Modelling Inner Proton Belt Variability at Energies 1 to 10MeV using BAS-PRO". The solution data is in the form of 3D grids describing phase space density computed during dynamic simulations of Earth's proton belt over the modelling period 2014 to 2018. Three model runs are included: SA19, J81 and S16. Files were produced in May 2021. This work was...

Processed airborne radio-echo sounding data from the ICEGRAV survey covering the Recovery Catchment and interior Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica (2012/2013)

Fausto Ferraccioli, Hugh Corr, Tom Jordan, Rene Forsberg, Kenichi Matsuoka, Anja Diez, Arne Olesen, Maria Ghidella, Andres Zakrajsek, Carl Robinson & Owen King
During the austral summer of 2012/13 a major international collaboration between Danish, US, UK, Norwegian and Argentinian scientists collected ~29,000 line km (equivalent to 464,317 km2) of aerogeophysical data over 132 hours of flight time and covering the previously poorly surveyed Recovery Glacier and Recovery Subglacial Lakes, as well as the area of Coats Land inboard from Halley VI using airborne survey systems mounted in Twin Otter aircraft. Our aircraft was equipped with dual-frequency carrier-phase...

The Satellite Risk Prediction and Radiation Forecast System (SaRIF)

Sarah Glauert, Daniel Heynderickx, Peter Kirsch & Richard Horne
The SaRIF system forecasts the outer electron radiation up to 24 hours ahead, updated every hour. Risk indicators are provided for four satellite orbits and can be compared against design standards The SaRIF system provides a searchable archive of data for anomaly resolution by satellite operators, designers and underwriters. Funding was provided by ESA contract 4000118861/16/D/MRP (SSA P2-SWE-XIII proto-type)

Processed bed elevation picks from the POLARGAP radar survey across the Pensacola-Pole Basin (2015/2016)

Hugh Corr, Fausto Ferraccioli, Rene Forsberg, Tom Jordan, Jack Kohler, Kenichi Matsuoka, Arne Olesen & Carl Robinson
This dataset contains bed and surface elevation picks derived from airborne radar collected during the POLARGAP 2015/16 project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and with in-kind contribution from the British Antarctic Survey, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF). This collaborative project collected ~38,000 line-km of new aerogeophysical data using the 150MHz PASIN radar echo sounding system (Corr et al., 2007) deployed...

CPC particle count at Halley VIa CASLab 2020

Joshua Eveson & Freya Squires
A TSI CPC (Condensation Particle Counter) Model 3010 was installed at Halley's Clean Air Sector Laboratory (CASLab), a mile from the station's generator, in the (austral) summer of 2019/20 and began collecting data in February as a long term dataset. The inlet is a 3m length of antistatic tubing, with a portion left untethered so that it can move with the prevailing wind. This is to prevent icing of the inlet by allowing the inlet...

Processed airborne radio-echo sounding data from the GRADES-IMAGE survey covering the Evans and Rutford Ice Streams, and ice rises in the Ronne Ice Shelf, West Antarctica (2006/2007)

Hugh Corr
An airborne radar survey was flown as part of the GRADES-IMAGE project funded by BAS over the Antarctic Peninsula, Ellsworth Mountains and Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf (also including the Evans Ice stream and Carson Inlet) mainly to image englacial layers and bedrock topography during the 2006/07 field season. Operating from temporary field camps at Sky Blu, Partiot Hills and out of RABID depot (Rutford Ice Stream), we collected ~27,550 km of airborne radio-echo sounding data over...

Processed airborne radio-echo sounding data from the BBAS survey covering the Pine Island Glacier basin, West Antarctica (2004/2005)

Hugh Corr, Fausto Ferraccioli & David Vaughan
An airborne radar survey was flown as part of the BBAS science programme funded by the British Antarctic Survey over the Pine Island Glacier system during the austral summer of 2004/05. This survey was a collaborative US/UK field campaign which undertook a systematic geophysical survey of the entire Amundsen Sea embayment using comparable airborne survey systems mounted in Twin Otter aircraft. Operating from a temporary field camp (PNE, S 77deg34' W 095deg56'), we collected ~35,000...

Processed airborne radio-echo sounding data from the WISE-ISODYN survey across the Wilkes Subglacial Basin, East Antarctica (2005/2006)

Fausto Ferraccioli, Hugh Corr, Tom Jordan, Carl Robinson, Egidio Armadillo, E. Bozzo & G. Caneva
During the austral summer of 2005/06 a collaborative UK/Italian field campaign collected ~61,000 line km of aerogeophysical data over the previously poorly surveyed Wilkes subglacial basin, Dome C, Transantarctic Mountains, George V Land and Northern Victoria Land using airborne survey systems mounted in a Twin Otter aircraft. Our aircraft was equipped with dual-frequency carrier-phase GPS for navigation, radar altimeter for surface mapping, wing-tip magnetometers, a LaCoste and Romberg air-sea gravimeter, and an ice-sounding radar system...

Gridded bathymetric compilation of Tristan da Cunha from multibeam echosounder data collected by multiple vessels (1996-2019)

Alice Fremand, Alison Pettafor, Daniel Evans, Floyd Howard, Simon Morley & James Bell
We present a new gridded bathymetric compilation around Tristan da Cunha here defined by the following bounding box: 5 to 16.8W, 33 to 43.5S. This bathymetry grid was compiled from a variety of multibeam swath bathymetry data acquired during 7 different cruises (see lineage). The data is available as a grid of 0.001 degrees resolution in three different formats: NetCDF, ArcView ASCII and GeoTIFF formats using geographic coordinates on the WGS84 datum. This grid is...

Coastal change data for the Antarctic Peninsula region, 1843 to 2008

Alison Cook, Adrian Fox & Janet Thomson
The dataset records ice coast and ice shelf front positions and hence change for the period 1843 to 2008. Archival maps, aerial photographs and satellite images of the Antarctic Peninsula were used to reveal the past shape of the ice coastline. The coastlines were mapped in a GIS (ESRI Arc/Info) using a mosaic of Landsat TM imagery as a common reference. Over 2000 aerial photographs and over 100 satellite images were used to compile the...

Processed line aerogravity data over the Thwaites Glacier region (2019/20 season)

Tom Jordan & Carl Robinson
As part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) ~9540 km of new airborne gravity data was acquired by the British Antarctic Survey, including ~6200 km over the Thwaites Glacier catchment. Data was collected using an iCORUS strap-down airborne gravimeter system mounted on the BAS aerogeophysical equipped survey aircraft VP-FBL. The survey operated from Lower Thwaites Glacier camp, and focused on collecting data between 70 and 180 km from the grounding line. Additional profiles from...

Processed line aeromagnetic data over the Thwaites glacier region (2019/2020 season)

Tom Jordan & Carl Robinson
Aeromagnetic data provides important constraints on the sub-surface geology of a region. This dataset contains aeromagnetic line data collected by the British Antarctic Survey during the second aerogeophysical survey carried out as part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC). Data were collected using a caesium magnetometer system, and have been corrected to total field values following the approach laid out by the SCAR ADMAP working group (https://www.scar.org/science/admap/about/). In total 8688 km of data is...

Annual measurements of body mass for chinstrap penguin chicks at Signy Island, from 1997 to 2020.

Michael Dunn, Stacey Adlard, Amanda Lynnes, Dirk Briggs, Derren Fox & Tim Morley
This datasets captures the annual measurements of body mass for chinstrap penguin chicks at Signy Island, from 1997 to 2020. Between 50 to 100 chicks are measured, with 3-5 weighing sessions carried out in the period before fledging is complete. This monitoring contributes to the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP) and is part of annual monitoring carried out by the British Antarctic Survey. This work was funded by Natural Environment Research Council (UK) core funding...

Population size and breeding success of Southern giant petrels (Macronectes giganteus), at Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, 1996 to 2019

Michael Dunn, Stacey Adlard, Amanda Lynnes, Dirk Briggs, Derren Fox & Richard Philips
The colony size and breeding success of Southern giant petrels (Macronectus giganteus) on Signy Island has been monitored annually since 1996. The data presented here includes the number of breeding pairs (occupied nests) and the number of chicks present in their nests prior to fledging. Breeding pairs and chicks are monitored by direct counts at nine sites on the west coast of the island. The nest surveys are undertaken from December to January, with chick...

Registration Year

  • 2021

Resource Types

  • Dataset


  • British Antarctic Survey
  • Natural Environment Research Council, UK Research & Innovation
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Senckenberg Nature Research Society
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • University of Cambridge
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • National Oceanography Centre