As part of the UK Natural Environment Research Council, British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is one of the world's leading environmental research centres and is responsible for the UK's national scientific activities in Antarctica. It also undertakes work in the Arctic and other areas where its Polar expertise can be applied.

The Meteorological Airborne Science INstrumentation (MASIN) equipment has been flown on the British Antarctic Survey Twin Otter VPF-AZ since 2006, operating out of the Polar regions on both wheels from airports and gravel strips and wheel-skis on snow and ice, covering the Antarctic, Svalbard, Greenland and Northern Canada. The aircraft and instrumentation has also been used in a large multi-national campaign in West Africa.


There is a MASIN Capabilities page on the BAS website and there is also a pdf document listing the MASIN aircraft capabilities although the one here is often more up to date.


During each campaign we update a basic diary which can be viewed from the links above. There is also sometimes access to graphs of the data.