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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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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Dry conditions may have helped a new type of plant gain a foothold on Earth

Nov 8, 2018
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Story by Katherine Unger Baillie, University of Pennsylvania In the dramatically changing conditions of ancient Earth, organisms had to evolve new strategies to keep up. From the mid-Oligocene, roughly 30 million years ago, to the mid-to-late Miocene, about 5 million years ago, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere fell by a roughly a third. This same […]

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Purdue Reception at AGU Fall Meeting

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December 13 @ 7 PM, Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro, Washington DC

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Better understanding of the tropical cyclone wind-pressure relationship

Jul 10, 2018
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Better understanding hurricanes and tropical cyclones will help us make better decisions about the risks of these hazards to people, buildings, and infrastructure. New research led by professor Dan Chavas (Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences) suggests that our current system for categorizing hurricanes is problematic—both in terms of our physical understanding of hurricanes, and when […]

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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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"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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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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