The Scott Polar Research Institute is the oldest international centre for polar research within a university and is acknowledged as the world's premier polar information centre. It combines active research with world-renowned library, museum, archival and photographic collections, covering all aspects of the Arctic and Antarctic, including polar history, science and technology, economics and politics, law, medicine, tourism, humanities and art.

The Institute has research groups investigating a range of issues in both the environmental sciences and social sciences of relevance to the polar regions:

In addition, the Institute is part of the NERC Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling.

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• #### Freeze Frame

Historic polar images

### Recent Submissions

• #### What colour is penguin guano? ﻿

The identification and quantification of Antarctic Pygoscelis penguin colonies depends increasingly on recognition of the characteristic optical properties of guano deposits, but almost all knowledge of these properties ...
• #### On the provenance of a historic sledge shoe fragment, said to have been collected by Edward Wilson at the South Pole in 1912 ﻿

(Cambridge University Press, 2017-07-05)
This paper discusses the authentication of a metal sledge shoe fragment, believed by the owner to have been collected by Edward Wilson close to the South Pole on 18 January 1912. Microscopic and elemental analysis show ...
• #### Recent Changes to Langjökull Icecap, Iceland: An investigation integrating airborne LiDAR and satellite imagery ﻿

(Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, 2009)
Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest icecap (~950 km$^{2}$), was the subject of an incomplete airborne LiDAR survey in August 2007. This study investigates and evaluates the application of photoclinometry, which employs ...
• #### A Fully Automated Supraglacial lake area and volume Tracking (“FAST”) algorithm: Development and application using MODIS imagery of West Greenland ﻿

(Elsevier, 2017-07-01)
Supraglacial lakes (SGLs) on the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) influence ice dynamics if they drain rapidly by hydrofracture. MODIS data are often used to investigate SGLs, including calculating SGL area changes through time, ...