A Bit of History
The organisation now known as CASP originated in 1948, when W. B. Harland (pictured) began the Cambridge Spitsbergen Expeditions (CSE). Many senior figures in academia and industry gained early field experience on these expeditions. From 1960, support came from companies with an interest in Svalbard and the Barents Shelf. CSE gave rise to the Cambridge Arctic Shelf Programme in 1975. CASP was incorporated in 1988 with charitable status.
Since then, CASP has greatly increased its scope, diversifying to new methods of data presentation and areas of research outside the Arctic. We have forged a reputation for high-quality, cost-effective geological research that has been supported by a host of multinational hydrocarbon exploration companies over many decades. As the risks of climate change become increasingly apparent, we see delivering modern geological research to help de-risk CO2 sequestration and less carbon-intensive forms of hydrocarbon exploration as the way forward for CASP.