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2023 | Byrd Center Symposium on Climate Change Research

2023 | Byrd Center Symposium on Climate Change Research

The 5th Annual Byrd Center Symposium 
on Climate Change Research
Friday, October 20, 2023   |   8 am - 4 pm 

at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center,
Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH 43210


Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge

              Department of Geography      Department of Internal Medicine

School of Earth Sciences      Sustainability Institute

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The purpose of the Byrd Center's annual Symposium is to showcase climate change research at Ohio State and foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • Conference register is now closed. 
  • The pre-conference event will be held from 8:15am-9:15am.
  • The conference event will be held from 9:30am-2:15pm.
  • The poster session will be held from 2:20pm-4:00pm.
  • Onsite attendees will be expected to follow OSU protocols regarding the prevention of COVID-19 transmission.

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Visit the 2023 Symposium Image Gallery to access images and the keynote presentation.




8:00 Breakfast

8:15 Pre-Conference Education Workshop: Informational Town Hall Session for the Climate Change Fundamentals Certificate

9:15 Pre-Conference Concludes


9:30 Welcome and event overview, RM 240 (Auditorium)

9:35 Opening remarks

Karina Peggau and Dr. Jamey Stutz

9:50 Keynote speaker introduction

10:00 Keynote presentation

Presented by Dr. Heidi Roop, Assistant Professor Extension Specialist Director, Climate Adaptation Partnership, author of The Climate Action Handbook

11:15 Breakout sessions

  • Emerging Topics: "Hidden Hydrogen: the potential for geologic hydrogen" presented by Dr. Tom Darrah, Global Water Institute
  • Climate Tools: "Introduction to Climate Services" presented by the State Climate Office of Ohio, OSU Extension, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
  • Climate and Health: “Air Quality and Human Health: What is the True Linkage” presented by Dr. Hannah Hartzler, Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine


12:15 Lunch (Pizza Rustica)

1:15 Breakout sessions by topic

  • Climate and Remote Sensing: "Climate and Remote Sensing: A Panel Discussion” presented by Dr. Joel Johnson, Dr. Ian Howat, Dr. Sami Khanal, Dr. David Bromwich, and Saurav Dey Shuvo
  • Climate and Tools:  “Tools and Changes for Climate” presented by the State Climate Office of Ohio, OSU Extension, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and Dr. Aaron Wilson
  • Climate and Health: “Imperative for Decarbonizing Healthcare” advanced competency flash talks presented by 4th year College of Medicine students

2:15 Conclude breakout sessions

2:20 Poster session with appetizers, RM 176 (Goldthwait Polar Library)

4:00 Event concludes

If you require any accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Michele Cook at cook.942@osu.edu (email) or 614-292-7972 (phone).