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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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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Climate Change in 2019: The Science, Policy, & Politics

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May 9, 2019 @ 6 PM: Join the PCCRC and the Purdue Alumni Club of New York City for a panel discussion on the social, political, and scientific aspects of climate change, one of today’s most pressing global issues.

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U.S. forests’ changes are double-edged sword for environment

Apr 15, 2019
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Climate change, nitrogen deposition and fire suppression are leading to shifts in the types of trees that dominate American forests. These changes will have environmental consequences, potentially positive and negative, according to a Purdue University study. Songlin Fei, a forest ecologist in Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, with colleagues […]

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Elevated CO2 and higher temperatures negatively impact photosynthesis

Apr 14, 2019
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If plants need CO2 to grow, doesn’t more CO2 mean more plant growth? A recent experiment modeling the effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 on plants shows that it’s not that simple—and that you cannot look at just one effect in isolation to determine how it will impact global crop production. Graduate student Peng Zhu working with Purdue professors […]

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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
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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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