Purdue Climate Change Research Center

15 years of supporting collaborative research for people and our planet

Purdue campus in the fall

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

– Mitch Daniels, President, Purdue University

An Evening With Purdue Sustainability Leaders

A networking and learning event for Purdue alumni and friends in the San Francisco area

DEC 10, 2019 | 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Join us as we explore how Purdue University researchers are combining academic strengths in research and education with local and global engagement to meet our collective goals for an inclusive, secure, and sustainable future.

San FranPCCRC at AGU 2019

December 9-13, 2019

Seventy PCCRC scientists will participate in the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Researchers will share their findings from dozens of climate and climate change-related projects. The PCCRC will also host several special events throughout the week.

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Op-ed: Climate change impacts Indiana’s residents, economy

Oct 31, 2019
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This story originally appeared in the Indianapolis Star on October 27, 2019. Written by Jeffrey Dukes In such a partisan political climate, it can seem like little is getting done in Washington, particularly to solve the challenges posed by the actual climate. However, a recent development in Congress shows that partisanship may not always be […]

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Climate change implications for tourism in the U.S. Great Lakes and Midwest

Nov 17, 2019
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Because the Great Lakes are so large and deep, they influence local and regional weather and climate, which, in turn, influence things like agricultural practices, shipping, and tourism. Winter tourism, for instance, is highly dependent on temperature, snow cover, snowfall, length of the snow season, and the presence or absence of snow during winter holidays. […]

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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.


Changing rainfall patterns and heavier downpours

Global Temperature

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.

Stories of Change

Climate + Niger

Existing economic and environmental vulnerabilities are putting Niger at great risk to the added stress of a changing climate. This photo essay from researcher Kayenat Kabir shows how climate change has the potential to shift the entire country's economic DNA.

"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.


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?

completed research projects
student travel grants
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?

completed research projects
student travel grants
campus workshops, conferences, & lectures

The PCCRC is a Discovery Park center at Purdue University.

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