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SPRI Review 2005: NERC Arctic Science Adviser

NERC Arctic Science Adviser

Professor Liz Morris (the NERC Arctic Science Adviser) continues to be based at the Institute, on secondment from the British Antarctic Survey. In 2005 she acted as Secretary to a NERC Expert Advisory Group that produced a proposal for a science initiative to support Arctic research during the International Polar Year. The proposal was accepted by NERC Council, which recommended funding of up to £5 million. A number of excellent consortium bids were received, and four of these are likely to be funded by the Arctic-IPY Initiative.

The exercise has shown the strength of the UK Arctic community. Professor Morris is working closely with colleagues at NERC Swindon office to support the community by advising on further funding opportunities and optimising logistic support. She continues to be a member of the UK Committee for the International Polar Year, as are Professor Julian Dowdeswell and Dr Michael Bravo.

Liz Morris