Science Minister returns from fact-finding visit to Antarctica
5 March 2012
Universities & Science Minister David Willetts has returned from the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Research Station, where he experienced first-hand how scientists are contributing to the truly international effort to help society live with and adapt to climate change.
His visit last month marked the centenary of Captain Scott's final expedition to the South Pole. The British Antarctic Survey represents Scott's legacy for UK polar science.
The Minister on a boat trip at Rothera
Whilst at Rothera the Minister met biologists who are studying how marine life is responding to environmental change. He had an opportunity to talk with glaciologists about what's happening to the vast West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the likely consequences for future sea level rise.
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