The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center is an OSU Office of Research center focused on maintaining research excellence and supporting public engagement in polar and climate studies at the University. The Byrd Center promotes interdisciplinary research across campus and provides dedicated and expert project support, including:

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  • assistance with proposal preparation and submission
  • finances, human resources, purchasing and travel
  • shipping, customs and compliance
  • information technology and systems management
  • field and research equipment fabrication and maintenance
  • meeting and workshop organization and facilities
  • office and laboratory space
  • an extensive library and archives of polar science and exploration
  • public outreach and communications.

The Byrd Center's support staff and facilities are housed at Scott Hall, along with several research groups and their laboratories. The Center's services are available to any Ohio State University Principal Investigator conducting research within the Center's scope. Those interested in submitting proposals through the Byrd Center should contact the Center Director for more information.  

Our Mission

The mission of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center is to engage in world-leading research, education, and outreach that enhance The Ohio State University’s programs in:

  • polar and alpine regions,
  • cryospheric processes,
  • reconstruction of past climates,
  • climate variability and change and
  • the impacts of climate on the environment and society.

The mission is achieved by fostering a collaborative, interdisciplinary and inclusive community of investigators with expert project support, specialized facilities and synergistic programs that engage with a diverse audience.