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Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center


Named in honor of one of America's most famous explorers, the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center of The Ohio State University is recognized internationally as a leader in polar and alpine research. The Center's research programs are conducted throughout the world.

Research at the Center focuses on the role of cold regions in the global climate system, with major themes focused on:

Climatic reconstruction of glacial and post-glacial times;
polar ice-sheets: dynamics, history and ice-atmosphere interactions; high-latitude landform evolution, soils and hydrology;
geologic evolution of Antarctica; investigations of ocean dynamics and environmental-chemical processes; and the history of polar exploration.

To see all the resources that fall under Byrd Polar and its sub-areas please click the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Collection link at the bottom of the page.





    • Finnigan-MAT mass spectrometer ( Mass spectrometer )

      Stable isotopic ratios of oxygen and hydrogen are determined with a Finnigan-MAT mass spectrometer at a rate of 200 samples per week.

    • Large Class 100 Clean Room facility ( Instrument )

      Class 100 means there are less than 100 particles (diameter > 0.5 µm) per cubic foot of air.

    • Millipore water systems ( Instrument )

      Millipore water systems

    • Tennelec Alpha/Beta counting system ( Instrument )

      Radioactivity of particulates filtered from meltwater samples is measured on a Tennelec Alpha/Beta counting system.

    • The solar powered drill system ( Drill )

      Solar panels are a reliable, pollution-free and light-weight source of power. The use of solar powered drills for ice core recovery was pioneered by the Ice Core Paleoclimatology Group at OSU and Bruce Koci of the Polar Ice Coring Office in the early 1980s. The superiority of solar power for ice core drilling (where adequate solar insolation is available) was first demonstrated by the recovery of two cores the bedrock on the Quelccaya Ice Capin 1983.

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