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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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  • The tectonic evolution of Antarctica 

    Hamer, Richard Daniel (1977-05-01)
    Five tectonic provinces; three volcanic provinces (each characteristic of a particular set of tectonic conditions) and a Precambrian shield, are outlined and described, in an attempt to illustrate the tectonic evolution ...
  • Quantifying supraglacial debris thickness at local to regional scales 

    McCarthy, Michael James (2019-07-19)
    Supraglacial debris thickness is a key control on the surface energy balance of debris-covered glaciers, which are common in temperate mountain ranges around the world. As such, it is an important input variable to the ...
  • Planning for a changing environment: administration and management of South Georgia 

    Davis, Pam (1992-07-31)
    The administration and management of South Georgia's fauna developed through the regulation of the sealing and whaling industries of the late 19th and 20th centuries. These regulations began as economic measures to benefit ...
  • Wilderness visitor managment and Antarctic tourism 

    Davis, Pam (1996-01-30)
    This thesis investigates the question of what kind of management is needed to cope with the increasing numbers of tourists who are visiting wilderness areas in Antarctica. Previous research has addressed Antarctic tourism ...

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