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.

"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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Student affiliates

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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Invasive pests kill so many trees each year, it’s equal to 5 million car emissions

Aug 14, 2019
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Invasive insects and pathogens have wreaked havoc on ash, elm, chestnut trees and others, wiping some of them almost completely from American forests. In addition to the ecological impact, a Purdue University study shows that the carbon storage lost to these pests each year is the same as the amount of […]

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Amazonian peatlands could shift from a carbon sink to a carbon source under a changing climate

Aug 1, 2019
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Amazonian peatlands store a large amount of soil organic carbon (SOC). These natural carbon “sinks” keep carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere, and, when left undisturbed, peatlands store more carbon dioxide than all other vegetation types on Earth combined.  But when they are drained and deforested, they can release large amounts of heat-trapping gases […]

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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?

Over
completed research projects
Provided
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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