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September 2018


Scientists Map Earth’s Most Remote Regions

Satellites transform Earth’s polar regions from the most poorly mapped places on the planet to the best mapped places on the planet.

Researchers release the first high-resolution, high-accuracy terrain map of Antarctica. The Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (REMA) project, led by researchers at The Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (Byrd Center), opens new possibilities for understanding Earth processes and monitoring change in polar regions.

Learn how they did it ▶︎

Documenting the demise of Quelccaya

For over 40 years Byrd Center researchers have observed the changes.

From August 14 to Sept 4, 2018, researchers from the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (Byrd Center), Lonnie Thompson (team leader), Emilie Beaudon, Paolo Gabrielli, Roxana Sierra-Hernández, and Keith Mountain, along with 3 Peruvian researchers (Wilmer E. Sanchez Rodriquez, Oscar Vilca, and Gustavo Valdiva), 6 film crew members from Boardwalk Pictures, Inc., and mountaineers led by Benjamin Vicencio conducted a study of Earth’s largest tropical ice cap, Quelccaya, located in the southern Andes of Peru.

Read the full story ▶︎

Byrd Fellowship Program

The Byrd Fellowship Program for Postdoctoral Researchers is now accepting applications.

Extreme Weather

Dr. Aaron Wilson talks 'Extreme Weather and Climate Change' with NPR's Ann Fisher.


Past and Contemporary Climate Change: Evidence from Earth’s Cryosphere (Lecture)

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Research Commons on the 3rd Floor of OSU's 18th Avenue Library (175 West 18th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210)
Faculty Research Series:  Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson

This lecture is part of the Ohio State ADVANCE Faculty Research Lecture Series.
Register or view event details at

2018 Bownocker: Dr. Kevin Trenberth

 Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 1:30pm
 Friday, September 28, 2018 - 1:30pm

US Bank Conference Theater in the Ohio Union
Dr. Kevin Trenberth, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), will present "Changes in extremes with climate change" at the 2018 School of Earth Sciences (SES) Bownocker Lecture.

The event will be hosted by the Byrd Center's Dr. Lonnie Thompson.


50th Anniversary:
The First All-Women Research Team in Antarctica

October 17 and 18, 2019
Join us for a symposium that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the first All-Woman Research Team in Antarctica. Led by Dr. Lois Jones, this team of four women from The Ohio State University made polar history when they went to Antarctica in 1969.

Speakers will include current polar scientists, historians, and two members of the original team. The symposium will look at women’s past, present, and future in science, research and leadership roles.

Contact Laura Kissel for more information.


September - Public Tour

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 5:30 to 7:15 pm

October - Family Tour and Children's Activities

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:00 to 11:30 am
Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours and includes:
  • Presentation on the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.
  • Description of the research conducted and brief history of the Center as an OSU institution.
  • Tour of the facility, including a look at field equipment, the ice core freezer, and polar rock repository.
Click here for more information and to RSVP
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