Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Supporting collaborative research
for people and our planet

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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.

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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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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.

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Katharine Hayhoe: Science in a Fact-Free World

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March 27, 2019 @ Purdue University: Renowned climate communicator Katharine Hayhoe invites you to examine how the modern scientist can and must share their science effectively.

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Energy demand, sources will change with Indiana’s climate

Feb 20, 2019
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Hoosiers will heat homes and businesses less but rely more on air conditioning as Indiana’s climate warms. They’ll also get more of their energy from natural gas and renewable sources as those become more cost-effective throughout the rest of the century. That’s according to the latest Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment […]

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Earlier springs raise the risk of freeze damage

Jan 10, 2019
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Anticipated consequences of climate change in temperate regions include early spring warmup punctuated by intermittent hard freezes. Early warm weather encourages plants to bloom sooner than expected, and accelerates leaf flush (appearance of leaves) in perennial trees before the risk of frost damage has ended. Professor John Couture (Entomology and Forestry and Natural Resources) and […]

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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?

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completed research projects
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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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