Climate Change

Antarctic Mountains. Source: Joel Barker.

Climate Change Research at Ohio State

Ohio State has long been a leader in global climate change research, from physical drivers to impacts to adaptation and mitigation. Research teams across the university are investigating many aspects of global change, including: 

  • Glaciers, climate change and sea level, atmospheric sciences, contemporary and paleo climate
  • Ecosystem and biodiversity impacts, greenhouse gas monitoring and mitigation, freshwater quantity and quality, economic modeling, coastal community adaptation and mitigation
  • Changes in ecosystem services, risk and decision science, education and community engagement, agricultural impacts and strategies

Go to the Cimate Change researchers group in our Directory.

Research Centers and Initiatives


Byrd Polar Research Center
Research at the Center focuses on the role of cold regions in the Earth's overall climate system, and encompasses geological sciences, geochemistry, glaciology, paleoclimatology, meteorology, remote sensing, ocean dynamics, and the history of polar exploration.

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Center for Resilience
The Center for Resilience is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to improving the resilience of industrial systems and the environments in which they operate.

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Carbon Management and Sequestration Center
The Center conducts research, teaching and extension activities that address basic and applied issues of carbon dynamics in relation to the accelerated greenhouse effect.

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Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project
A five-year, multi-disciplinary project assessing the environmental, economic and social impacts of long-term climate variability on corn-based cropping systems. The project focuses on ways to encourage resilient decision-making, maintain yields and reduce environmental impacts.

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Human Dimensions of the Environment Group
Human Dimensions of Environment (HDE) is an interdisciplinary research group at The Ohio State University focused on promoting social-behavioral approaches to the environment through cross-university research, teaching and outreach collaborations.

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Program in Spatial Statistics and Environmental Statistics
The Program in Spatial Statistics and Environmental Statistics is involved in teaching, research, and science collaboration around the  computational aspects of spatial and spatio-temporal statistics applied to areas of "big science," such as remote sensing of the earth on a global scale, regional climate modeling in space and time, and Bayesian statistical exposure modeling from sources to biomarkers.

Graduate Programs with a Focus on Climate Change

Department of Atmospheric Sciences
School of Environment and Natural Resources
Environmental Science Graduate Program
Department of Geography
School of Geologic Sciences

For a complete list of environmental graduate programs, please visit the Graduate Programs page.

Climate Change Outreach at Ohio State

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Ohio State Climate Change Outreach Team
A partnership among multiple departments within Ohio State, the team’s goal is to help localize the climate change issue by bringing related research and resources to residents of Ohio and the Great Lakes region.

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Climate Adaptation, Mitigation, E-Learning (CAMEL) Project
CAMEL is a free resource for educators, providing hundreds of e-tools to support teaching of climate change causes, consequences, solutions and actions. Ohio State researchers are part of the team behind CAMEL.

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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
An online professional development magazine which focuses on preparing elementary teachers to teach polar science concepts while also integrating inquiry-based science and literacy instruction. Ohio State researchers are part of the team behind the project.