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Monday 18th September 2017


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a Centre of the UK Natural Environmental Research Council that delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the polar regions with a strong focus on the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

Sea ice forms by freezing of ocean surface waters and provides a partial barrier to exchanges of heat, moisture and momentum between the atmosphere and ocean. Sea ice formation releases dense brine and sea ice melting produces a fresh surface layer, so that it affects buoyancy-driven ocean circulation.

Sea ice is an important part of the cryosphere in the Southern Ocean, both in its own right, and as it affects atmosphere-ocean exchanges and feedbacks, and global oceanic circulation. 

This knowledge exchange event was delivered by the TGM as part of the Isaac Newton Institute Research Programme on the Mathematics of Sea Ice Phenomena. 

Aims and Objectives

BAS invited participants of the Isaac Newton Institute programme on Mathematics of Sea Ice Phenomena to attend a day of talks, posters, and discussions on topics relevant to sea ice in the Southern Ocean. The talks and posters were from BAS staff with broad ranging discussions sought between BAS and INI participants. Particular topics that were covered included diagnosis of, and the causes and mechanisms driving, trends and variability of sea ice, ranging from the deep past using ice core proxies, the current satellite era, and climate model projections of sea ice in the future.


Registration was only open to participants already registered to attend the INI Research Programme 'Mathematics of Sea Ice Phenomena'.

The event took place at the British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET.

If you have any questions about this event please contact Dr John King, Science Leader at BAS.