Scott Polar Research Institute

Scott Polar Research Institute

Research into polar environments (glaciology, oceanography, climate change), remote sensing of polar regions, development issues in polar regions.

Address: Lensfield Road, Cambridge
Postcode: CB2 1ER
Country: United Kingdom
Membership type:Cambridge University Department

The Institute is a well-known and long-established centre for research into both polar regions. It is part of the University of Cambridge and is a sub-department of the Department of Geography.

We have several research groups investigating a range of issues in both the environmental sciences and social sciences of relevance to the Arctic and Antarctica. Our polar library, which includes the Shackleton Memorial Library, has comprehensive holdings of scholarly books and journals on polar research, with exceptional archival collections from the exploration of the Antarctic and Arctic. We also have extensive online resources, including bibliographic and other information.

Around 60 academic, library and support staff, together with postgraduate students, associates and fellows attached to our research programmes, are working in the Institute, providing a strong core of intellectual activity focused on the Arctic and Antarctic and their adjacent seas.

Credit: SPRI P2012/5/109

Captain Scott’s 'lost' photographic negatives saved for the nation

The Scott Polar Research Institute’s urgent appeal to save historic Antarctic negatives taken by Captain Scott in 1911 has been successful.

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