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SPRI Review 2012: Polar Research

Polar Research

Research Group Structure

The research work of the Institute continues to focus around its research groups, each of which has a mix of senior academic staff, post-doctoral researchers and postgraduate students. The work of the groups is supported by a number of externally funded research grants, which are listed below. The groups are:

  • Glaciology and Climate Change
  • Glacier-Influenced Marine Sedimentary Environments
  • Polar Landscapes and Remote Sensing
  • Anthropology and Russian Northern Studies
  • Circumpolar History and Public Policy

Institute staff organise seminar series in both polar physical sciences and social science and humanities. Speakers from universities and research centres in the UK and overseas, together with Cambridge colleagues, have contributed during the year. The seminars are well attended by staff and research students from a number of Cambridge departments and from, for example, the British Antarctic Survey. A selection of the physical and social science research projects in which we are currently engaged is outlined briefly below.


Captain Scott’s hut at Cape Evans with the Barne Glacier in the background

Captain Scott’s hut at Cape Evans with the Barne Glacier in the background

RRS James Clark Ross in sea ice, Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica

RRS James Clark Ross in sea ice, Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica