Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Melon in a flooded field

Purdue-led group prepares state for life with changing climate

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Purdue-led group prepares state for life with changing climate By Brian Wallheimer This past November, Jeff Dukes and Jonathon Day took turns returning phone calls. Reporters from all over Indiana – and some in Illinois and Kentucky – wanted to know what tourism in the state would look like over the coming decades as climate changes….

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10 Most Read Stories of 2018

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Purdue celebrates dedication of new animal sciences complex In March, Purdue formally dedicated its new 123,000 square-foot animal sciences complex, boosting the university’s commitment to Indiana’s vital food animal production industry. “These wonderful state-of-the art classrooms, laboratories, and interactive spaces bring together students, faculty, and staff in ways that will foster collaboration, spark new ideas,…

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Why it’s so hard to forecast a white Christmas

Friday, December 14th, 2018

By Emma Ea Ambrose  No matter how you might feel about cold weather, who doesn’t dream of a white Christmas? Every December, forecasts abound on the probability of a snow-filled holiday.  Austin Pearson, Purdue Extension director in Tipton County and climatology expert, said it’s almost impossible to predict Christmas snowfall more than three days in…

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Longer, hotter summers to challenge Indiana tourism business

Monday, November 12th, 2018 University News Story

By 2050, a month of the best weather for attracting summer tourists to Indiana will be replaced by hotter days that will be too uncomfortable for outdoor activity. Warmer temperatures will also limit many popular winter activities.

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Climate change report projects significant changes for Indiana tourism

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 University News Story

Indiana’s thriving tourism and recreation industries rely on the state’s climate. Businesses will have to plan ahead for a warming climate that will change the types of activities Indiana can offer, as well as when visitors might be able to enjoy them.

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A cornfield that has not been plowed.

Incentivizing increased no-till adoption may be more costly than expected

Monday, November 5th, 2018

By Brian Wallheimer Farmers who have switched to no-till management practices are sequestering significant amounts of carbon in the soil. Those who haven’t already made the change may be willing to do so if the price is right. Carbon is stored as soil organic matter that is released into the air as carbon dioxide through…

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Purdue and Midwest Regional Climate Center forecast unpredictable winter

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 University News Story

Indiana’s winter will be just as unpredictable as every other season this year.

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Climate change poses uncertain future for Indiana’s aquatic habitats

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 University News Story

Indiana’s average air temperatures are expected to rise by as much as 6 degrees Fahrenheit by mid-century, warming and reducing wintertime ice cover on the state’s lakes, streams, and rivers. At the same time, increases in winter and spring rainfall will likely wash more nutrients from farm fields into those water bodies, adding significant challenges to already fragile ecosystems.

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Climate change creates uncertainty for Indiana’s aquatic animals, plants

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 University News Story

Warming temperatures and changes to Indiana’s precipitation patterns will challenge some of the plants and animals that depend on the state’s water for their survival, according to a new report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment team assembled and managed by Purdue University.

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Future of agriculture: Report to address climate change impacts on Hoosier farms

Monday, July 23rd, 2018 University News Story

Hoosier farmers will have to adapt management practices and the types of crops they plant over the next several decades as they deal with the repercussions of climate change. That’s according to a new report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment team based at Purdue University.

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