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

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.

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

– Mitch Daniels, President, Purdue University

Purdue team gets $3 million to explore consequences of sustainability policies

Sep 20, 2019
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A rapidly growing global population in the midst of a changing climate had led to serious sustainability issues and choices surrounding water, food and energy. These stresses and the policy responses will vary by locality, but they will have global repercussions that will ultimately affect the success of those choices. The […]

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High‐resolution climate projections for the northeastern U.S.

Oct 1, 2019
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Earth system models are able to simulate the interactions of the atmosphere, ocean, land, ice, and biosphere to estimate the state of the global climate under a variety of conditions and for past, present, and future time periods. These models, however, are not able to provide detailed analysis of climate change at regional and local […]

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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.

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.

"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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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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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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