About the Byrd Center

What is the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center?

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:

  • 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 (see location below), 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.


Location

Scott Hall local (campus) map

Address

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
Scott Hall Room 108
1090 Carmack Road
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio  43210-1002

Telephone: (614) 292-6531
Fax: (614) 292-4697

Hours

Regular hours are 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.


Directions & Parking

Aerial photo of West CampusMap of West Campus

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Arriving by Car

IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU PAY FOR PARKING IN THE LOTS, OR YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EXPENSIVE PARKING TICKET. INFORMATION IS PROVIDED BELOW; PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.

  1. Take 315 to the Lane Avenue exit.  This is one of the major exits for The Ohio State University. Go West (left if you are coming from the South side of the city; right if you are coming from the North side of the city) onto Lane Avenue.
  2. Once you are on Lane Avenue, pass Kenny Road. The next road with a traffic light is Carmack Road.  Take a left.
  3. Once on Carmack Road continue straight – past Arthur Adams Road - to the 4 way stop. Parking lots are located straight ahead Carmack 3) and to the right (Carmack 5). Note the Carmack 3 lot is usually full during the day.
  4. Park and pay at the kiosks marked on map below. If you are paying at the kiosk, you may park at spaces marked WA, WB, WC, or VISITOR. If the machine is out of paper and you do not receive a receipt, it is OK as long as you entered your license plate correctly. (If you happen to have a pre-paid parking permit, you may park in the WA, WB, or WC spaces. Do not park in the VISITOR spaces.)
  5. From the Carmack 3 lot, go over footbridge and follow the path straight into the compound of buildings. The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center is the third building on the left.
  6. From the Carmack 5 lot, follow the sidewalk along Arthur Adams Road. The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center is the first building on the right.  Continue to the front of the building (east side entrance).

Additional Options to Pay for Parking Via Computer or Mobile Device

  • Visitor Day Permit: Day permits are valid for one calendar day in any unrestricted surface lot space (restricted spaces are loading zones, ADA, reserved). They can be purchased by creating a guest account at osu.campusparc.com/guest. Permits are license plate based and do not require the display of placard or permit. Purchase of the permit can be done in advance, with desired active date set during purchase.
  • Parkmobile: Parkmobile is a payment option that uses pay-by-phone and smartphone applications. Visitors can create a Parkmobile account online at parkmobile.com or via the Parkmobile app. Hourly parking prices mirror that of a pay-by-plate (pay-n-display) and single space meters.

Arriving by School Bus

It is best to have your bus driver follow these directions. Buses can park for free in the West Campus lots. 

  • Take 315 to the Lane Avenue exit.  This is one of the major exits for The Ohio State University.  Go West (left if you are coming from the South side of the city; right if you are coming from the North side of the city) onto Lane Avenue.
  • Once you are on Lane Avenue, pass Kenny Road. The next road with a traffic light is Carmack Road.  Take a left.
  • Once on Carmack Road, take a left onto Arthur Adams Drive.  You will notice ponds on both sides of the road.  Once you drop off your students, your bus will be able to turn around, and you may direct your driver to parking in the lots (pick up with step number 3 above).  

Arriving by CABS (OSU Campus-Area Bus Service)

Route information is available online at ttm.osu.edu/cabs.

Via West Campus or North Express Routes: Take the West Campus or North Express to the Bevis Hall bus stop. Exit the bus and walk up the stairs along the bus stop. Turn right to pass the Greenhouse. Scott Hall will be on your left, three buildings down.

Via Med Center Express Route: The Med Center Express route runs from the Herrick Drive Transit Hub on Main Campus to the Carmack Parking Lots on West Campus. Exit the shuttle at the Carmack 3 stop. On foot, continue northeastward through the parking lot to the pedestrian footbridge between Carmack Lots 2 & 3. Cross the footbridge and follow the path straight into the compound of buildings. Scott Hall is the third building on the left.


Byrd Center Facilities


Friends of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

Donations to the Friends of the BPCRC assist in supporting the Center's ongoing research and scholarly activities.

Friends are invited to attend all BPCRC functions, including special lectures and meetings.

You may donate to the Friends of BPCRC here.

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