The Byrd Polar Research Center (BPRC) at the Ohio State University is recognized internationally as a leader in polar and alpine research. BPRC houses faculty from the School of Earth Sciences and the Department of Geography, as well as in house researchers. The Center is named in honor of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, America's most famous polar explorer. There are eight research groups at BPRC, along with a Library, Archival Program, and the US Polar Rock Repository. 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.