Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Supporting collaborative research for people and our planet

Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Supporting collaborative research for people and our planet

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Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Supporting collaborative research for people and our planet

Our changing climate

Climate change can no longer be considered a problem of the future. It is happening now. Our actions today determine tomorrow’s climate and its consequences.

Heat Waves

Record-breaking temperatures and increasing demand for cooling

Carbon Dioxide

parts per million

Levels are at their highest in over 800,000 years.

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Changing rainfall patterns and heavier downpours

Global Temperature

°F
Since 1880

Seventeen of the 18 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001.

Stressed Environments

Increasing demand for diminishing physical and biological resources

Arctic Sea Ice

%
per decade

The Arctic ice cap is smaller, thinner than at any time in modern history.

"When we plan for the future, we need to take changing weather patterns into account – here in Indiana and in communities around the world."

– Jeffrey Dukes, PCCRC Director

Responding to change

Before 1869, when Purdue University was founded, scientists had already discovered that carbon dioxide helps to keep Earth warm.  In the 150 years since then, further scientific research has described the links between human activities, greenhouse gas emissions, and the response of the climate system. Today, research at Purdue examines climates of the past, present, and future, and studies how people and nature are responding to these changes.

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Student affiliates

Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment

Putting global change into local perspective

Coordinated by the Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC), scientists and decision makers from across the state are working together to develop a series of reports that shows how a changing climate will affect state and local interests. The Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) provides accessible, credible climate science to Hoosiers, allowing us to better understand climate change-related risks and build more effective plans for a more productive future.

Stories of Change

Climate + Birds

A warming climate is altering the migration patterns of Midwestern birds. Wildlife ecologist and life-long bird watcher Barny Dunning shares his thoughts on the changes he’s seen over the last 20 years in Indiana.

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In this issue, we are pleased to introduce our readers to work that spans the globe, covering an impressively diverse set of topics. Whether from the departments of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences or Civil Engineering, Forestry and Natural Resources or Political Science, PCCRC faculty, students, and staff collaborate and share their knowledge to help build a better future for people everywhere.

 

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Reconstruction of past climate provides clues about future climate change

Jul 2, 2018
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Greenhouse gases were the main driver of climate throughout the warmest period of the past 66 million years, providing insight into the drivers behind long-term climate change. Antarctica and Australia separated around the end of the Eocene (56 to 22.9 million years ago), creating a deep water passage between them and […]

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How to Design the Global Stocktake? Making or Breaking the International Climate Regime

Jul 10, 2018
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As an observer to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties since 2007, the PCCRC has frequently sent a delegation to the international climate negotiations with the overarching goal of better understanding the challenges and opportunities presented in the global negotiation process. This year, a team of five Purdue researchers joined thousands of others for the […]

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Mann Hall

PCCRC Welcome Back Reception

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September 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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"The climate is changing, and it's important that we respond...the Purdue Climate Change Research Center is helping Indiana prepare for the future."

– Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, Chief Scientist & Executive Director of Discovery Park

Worldwide Impact

The center supports climate change research at Purdue to improve understanding of the causes and consequences of the Earth’s changing climate system and enhance the capacity of decision makers to develop effective mitigation and adaptation strategies. As the pace of change accelerates and the broad-reaching effects of climate change become more apparent, this work becomes increasingly urgent.

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Interested in joining the center as an affiliate? Looking for a collaborator? Have questions or suggestions for us? Want to help the center with a gift of support?

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completed research projects
Provided
student travel grants
Hosted
campus workshops, conferences, & lectures

Get involved

Interested in joining the center as an affiliate? Looking for a collaborator? Have questions or suggestions for us? Want to help the center with a gift of support?

Over
completed research projects
Provided
student travel grants
Hosted
campus workshops, conferences, & lectures
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The PCCRC is a Discovery Park center at Purdue University.

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