On this page, we aim to post links to key reports, policy documents and publications. If you are aware of any reports that should be included in these lists, please contact Nicola Munro (UKAAP SC Secretary) in the first instance.


Summary report from the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean Programme (December 2021)

Emerging Arctic research areas and approaches (September 2021)

The UK and the Arctic – briefing note (June 2020)

Mapping science and policy priorities in a Changing Central Arctic Ocean (March 2020)

Policy Priorities in a Changing Arctic Ocean – briefing note (March 2020)

Antarctic Parliamentarians Assembly Final Report ( December 2019)

Arctic map and information resource

The NERC Arctic Office has worked closely with the mapping team at the British Antarctic Survey to produce a brand new information resource which complements a new map of Greenland and the European Arctic. The combined map and information sheet is aimed at all visitors to the Arctic, as well as anyone interested to know more about the region. It provides a wealth of easily accessible information about the processes driving environmental change in the Arctic; gives the latest on polar bear and walrus research; as well as insights into the key challenges facing the Arctic. It also includes the internationally-approved guidelines for visitors to the Arctic to help ensure that those coming to the region minimise their impact.

Further details about the map, including where you can get a copy is available here:


Polar Science – Perspectives from the Royal Society Global Environmental Research Committee (GERC):

GERC is the Royal Society’s Global Environment Research Committee which is charged with advising the Royal Society, and interacting with research councils, the environmental science community and other bodies. To do this, it is undertaking a rolling series of reviews of areas of science within its remit, of which the latest one has been on polar science.

The report, published in April 2019 can be found online here and an associated blog can be found here.

Beyond the ice: UK policy towards the Arctic:

This document, published on 4th April 2018, sets out the UK government’s overall approach to the Arctic, and provides an update to the Arctic Policy Framework (Adapting to Change). The full document is available here:

The Rapidly Changing Arctic Environment:

The rapidly changing Arctic environment – implications for policy and decision makers from the NERC Arctic Research Programme 2011-2016, launched in September 2017.

United Kingdom and Arctic Science:

The United Kingdom and Arctic Science – a document developed by the UK Arctic and Antarctic Partnership, launched in October 2016.

Responding to a changing Arctic:

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Arctic has published it’s report ‘Responding to a changing Arctic’ (27th February 2015). Further information about the House of Lords Select Committee on the Arctic  and links to the report can be found here:

Adapting to Change:

Adapting To Change: UK policy towards the Arctic  (17th October 2013) – In this document, the UK Government, for the first time, has set out its approach to the Arctic. It sets out how the UK will continue to support and respect the sovereign rights of the Arctic States; the peoples who live and work in the Arctic; and the unique and fragile natural environment. At the same time it outlines the UK’s legitimate interests in the region, our priorities for practical action and our willingness to show leadership in appropriate areas.

Policy Documents:

UK Science in Antarctica: 2014 to 2020:

UK Science in Antarctica: 2014-2020 (16th July 2014) – A framework for British research, outlining the UK’s science strategy in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean from 2014 to 2020.

Images on this site are courtesy of Kate Hendry, University of Bristol, Adam Bradley, British Antarctic Survey, Mike Meredith, British Antarctic Survey and Guy Hillyard, British Antarctic Survey. If you wish to use any of the images, please contact the UKAAP Secretary in the first instance.


European Polar Infrastructure Database:

The European Polar Board and EU-PolarNet have launched the European Polar Infrastructure Database.

The database includes detailed information on European stations, vessels and aircraft available for Arctic and Antarctic research, and provides a valuable information source to support the planning of polar research fieldwork and an up to date inventory of European logistical capabilities in the polar regions. The database is fully updateable, with infrastructure managers able to access and manage information on their facilities, and new facilities can be added.

The European Polar Infrastructure Database is available here:

 UK Arctic and Antarctic Science Conference resources:

The first UK Arctic Science Conference was held in 2009 and hosted by NOC. Since then there have been three Arctic Science conferences and three Antarctic Science conferences, hosted by difference universities across the UK. Below is a list of these conferences with links to the programmes and abstracts (where available).

2009: UK Arctic Science Conference, NOC

2011: UK Arctic Science Conference, Leeds University

2012: UK Antarctic Science Conference, Cambridge

2013: UK Arctic Science Conference, SPRI, Cambridge

2014: UK Antarctic Science Conference, Bristol

2015: UK Arctic Science Conference, Sheffield University

2016: UK Antarctic Science Conference, University of East Anglia

2017: UK Arctic Science Conference, Oban