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British Antarctic Survey

The British Antarctic Survey (NERC-BAS) is a component of the UK Natural Environment Research Council. BAS's mission is to undertake world class programme of scientific research, survey and long term observations addressing key issues of global importance. The BAS is based in Cambridge, employs about 400 staff and supports three stations in Antarctica. BAS has conducted research on solar terrestrial physics using ground observations in Antarctica, satellite data, and theory and modelling studies for more than 30 years. The BAS provides a central cluster of 6 computer workstations, and a multiprocessor HADES machine with up to 80 processors, for research projects. The total BAS budget for 2008-9 is £47M, of this £11M is spent on the science programme. As a government funded research institute BAS has well established analytical accounting procedures that meet EU requirements and has identified a Framework aware accountant to help with financial management. It also has a Science Coordination Group that provides administrative support to BAS researchers involved in externally funded projects.

Main tasks: NERC-BAS will contribute to WPs 2 and 4.