The polar regions are remote, hostile and largely uninhabited. But they are of key importance to our understanding of how the world works, particularly in relation to climate change. Key areas of NERC research include studies of the role of these regions in influencing the global climate and the impact that warming will have on polar ice and land areas. The ice provides a frozen record of past climate change.
Although low temperatures and relatively low biodiversity are associated with the land, the seas around the poles are rich in marine life. Research also covers issues around the sustainable management of marine resources and understanding how biological life copes with low temperatures. The poles provide unique opportunities for understanding the nature of the atmosphere above us.
- Programmes and grants
- Research facilities
- Data centres
- Why is polar science important?
- NERC's Arctic research base, Svalbard
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Science & Innovation Manager
Dr Ned Garnett
Tel: 01793 442543
Senior Science Programme Officer
Tel: 01793 442831
Science Programme Officer (first Point of Contact)
Tel: 01793 418004