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"We have some of the best people in the world working on adaptation to potential climate change here."

– Mitch Daniels, President, Purdue University

Stories of Change

Climate + Soil

According to third-generation farmer Chris Mulkey, rainfall is on the rise and threatening his most precious resource, the soil. Mulkey shares what he's doing to leave this land in better shape for his kids, and their kids.

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Dynamics of Climate Workshop

April 3, 2020

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The workshop will utilize the Dynamics of Climate professional development toolkit, and focus on five critical topics about global warming and climate change that secondary students should learn and that every adult should understand. The workshop will actively engage participants in learning through a combination of large and small group activity and discussion. Climate change data specific to Indiana will also be shared.

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Purdue website provides information on Indiana water resources

Nov 18, 2019
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana Water Resources Center (IWRRC) officially launched the State of Indiana Waters website. The website provides a single source of information for the general public regarding the status of Indiana’s water resources including ground and surface waters. “Water resources in Indiana are used by everyone including agriculture, industry, residents and […]

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The growing risk to the U.S. electricity grid

Jan 27, 2020
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A secure and resilient electric grid is vital to national security, a strong economy, and critical services like those provided by water utilities and hospitals. As the demand for power continues to grow, the aging U.S. grid is being stretched to capacity. Moreover, supply risk can result from climate-induced shifts in electricity use and/or damaged […]

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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.

Water-logged

Changing rainfall patterns and heavier downpours

Global Temperature

°F
Since 1880

Eighteen of the 19 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.

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.

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.

"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

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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2018 PCCRC Annual Report

As the PCCRC enters into its 15th year of existence, and Purdue enters its 150th, our faculty affiliates continue to do groundbreaking research that contributes to understanding and solving the global challenges presented by an increasingly disrupted climate. Some highlights of the work done over the last year by our 90+ faculty affiliates, plus our students and staff, can be found in the pages of the 2018 PCCRC Annual Report.

 

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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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