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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Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Conference

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IN CCIA lead author, Laura Bowling, will talk about Indiana’s agriculture in a changing climate on Dec 19 in Indianapolis, IN.

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Major natural carbon sink may soon become a carbon source

Nov 20, 2018
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Until humans can find a way to geoengineer ourselves out of the climate disaster we’ve created, we must rely on natural carbon sinks, such as oceans and forests, to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. These ecosystems are deteriorating at the hand of climate change, and once destroyed they may […]

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Arctic sea ice

Arctic Warming Also Impacts Midlatitude Weather and Climate

Dec 16, 2018
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The Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the globe; this phenomenon is generally referred to as “Arctic amplification.” There is increasing evidence that Arctic amplification might strongly impact both weather and climate, not only in the Arctic region, but also in regions farther away, such as the Northern Hemisphere midlatitudes. A recent study […]

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Purdue At AGU 2018

In mid-December, 47 PCCRC-affiliated scientists participated in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.  Researchers shared their latest findings on dozens of climate and climate change-related projects from an array of disciplines throughout the physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The PCCRC will also hosted several special events throughout the week.

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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?

Over
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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