Education & Outreach Group

Outreach Programs of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center are supported by the following: National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, The Ohio State University, and Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Education & Outreach Fund.

Education & Outreach Director: Jason Cervenec

Education & Outreach Student Staff: Geoff Dipre, Ryan Cummings, Andrew Hutchman, Emily Sambuco, Sophia Li

BPCRC Media Specialist: Pamela Theodotou

Alumni: Carol Landis, Nathan Patrick, Aaron Wilson, Jacob Hoelscher, Ryan Crumley

Current Funded Projects

Harnessing Education and Technology for Environmental Detection (HEATED)

Our project team is utilizing an undergraduate course and diverse group of students to design and build a device, to collect geo- and time-tagged temperature data when deployed on moving vehicles, and to create a database, to store and assimilate data collected by the device. This project will result in a device prototype; an innovate, replicable course; data to better understand urban heat islands; and a multidisciplinary team prepared to continue research through other funding opportunities. This project is funded by a Battelle Engineering, Technology, and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment grant.

Fluid Earth Viewer (FEVer)

This project aims to build the Fluid Earth Viewer (FEVer), an interactive, intuitive, and visually appealing web application that will allow users to visualize current and past conditions of our planet’s atmosphere and oceans. Building on a well-designed, open-source application, FEVer will be a vehicle of modern Earth science communication, bringing information most often utilized by the scientific community and making it accessible and engaging to STEM and broader communities. In particular, it will provide hands-on visualization of the important climatic role of the polar regions, their connections to lower latitudes, and the changes they are undergoing. A companion website, FEVer-Ed, will provide background, educational support, and opportunities for additional learning through a gallery of historically interesting atmospheric and oceanic events.

Columbus Climate Action Plan

During 2015, the Climate Change Committee of the Mayor’s Green Team worked with Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments (GLISA) ( to engage more than 80 stakeholders in the creation of an assessment of key climate changes, impacts, and vulnerabilities of concern (Climate Change in Columbus Ohio: An Assessment of Columbus’ Key Climate Changes, Impacts, and Vulnerabilities of Concern). This report provides an overview of the process that was followed in its creation, a prioritized list of impacts facing Columbus, and information about how other communities in the United States have responded to climate change. While the information within the report is necessary, it is not sufficient to guide planners, policymakers, companies, and private individuals in actions to prepare for climate change. Therefore, the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and State Climate Office of Ohio will guide the creation of a Columbus Climate Action Plan.

Ongoing Work

In addition to the specific projects listed above, the Educaton and Outreach Group manages much of the public web content of the Center and its social media streams, produces quarterly newsletters, arranges brown bag talks and seminars, and communicates information via the Center's listservs. The Group also designs and updates displays for Center researchers, conducts facility tours and public programs, arranges speakers for off-site programs, produces graphical and video content, and works to establish collaborations both on and off-campus. The Education and Outreach Group works closely with the State Climate Office of Ohio.

Ice Sheets - Education and Outreach Newsletter

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Fall 2016

2016-2017 Areas of Focus

  • Communicate the science of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.
  • Improve educational materials and instruction in the Earth Sciences in both formal and informal settings.
  • Communicate accurate and timely information about climate change and increase educational opportunities.
  • Establish and grow strategic partnerships both on and off-campus.
  • Provide quality opportunities for BPCRC affiliates to improve their teaching, outreach, and collaboration.

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