Environmental Change > BAS
The Antarctic is both a key element in any model of the Earth and its
processes as well as a site with unique scientific characteristics.
Many of the most important issues facing mankind need to be seen in
a global context and in these the Antarctic has a vital role to play.
NIGL collaborates with the British Antarctic Survey (www.antarctica.ac.uk)
on a number of important topics: Global climate change is one of the
most important issues of the 21st century. The effects of a warming
atmosphere on the volume and stability of the Antarctic ice cap could
have profound effects on world sea levels and on ocean currents. The
extent and stability of Antarctic sea ice is important in the stability
of the Antarctic Peninsula
ice shelves in the past in response to previous climate change
is critical to understand.
The ice sheet itself offers us a way of investigating previous climates.
It preserves not only the traces of pollutants carried into the Antarctic
but also, frozen into the ice, samples of previous rainfall over the
past 500 000 years.
The isotope composition of the ice
cores tell us about past climates.
Details of other collaborations between NIGL-BAS can be found at:
Chemistry and Past Climate Programme Summary
For further details about NIGL-BAS collaboration, contact Professor