Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Director appointed to lead Indiana State Climate Office

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 University News Story

Beth Hall, who most recently served as the Midwestern Regional Climate Center’s director, has been named director of the Indiana State Climate Office at Purdue University.

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Energy demand, sources will change with Indiana’s climate

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 University News Story

Hoosiers will heat homes and businesses less but rely more on air conditioning as Indiana’s climate warms. They’ll also get more of their energy from natural gas and renewable sources as those become more cost-effective throughout the rest of the century.

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Climate report to show shifts in Indiana energy demand, sources

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 University News Story

Indiana’s warming climate will change Hoosier demands for heating and cooling energy, and energy sources will shift further away from coal, according to the next report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment team.

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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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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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Plaut chosen to lead College of Agriculture

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 University News Story

Karen Plaut is the new Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.

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Climate change impacts reports: Warmer, wetter weather will alter Indiana’s forests, urban greenspaces

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 University News Story

Indiana’s forests and urban green infrastructure could look dramatically different over the next century due to warmer temperatures and changed precipitation patterns brought on by climate change, according to the latest two reports by the Purdue University-based Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment.

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Climate Change Impacts Assessment set to release forest, urban green space reports in Bloomington

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 University News Story

Over the next century, rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns could dramatically alter Indiana’s forests and urban greenspaces, according to two new reports from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment based at Purdue University.

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Report: Climate change poses health risks for all Hoosiers

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

 Over the coming decades, higher temperatures, more extreme weather events and reduced air quality due to climate change in Indiana will likely pose significant health risks for all Hoosiers – and especially children, the elderly, people with chronic health conditions and low-income families – according to the latest report from the Indiana Climate Change…

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Upcoming report examines public health impacts of climate change

Friday, March 30th, 2018 University News Story

As Indiana’s weather gets warmer and wetter over the next century, Hoosiers will face an increased risk of mosquitoes carrying such “tropical” diseases as malaria and Zika while decreased air quality could trigger more respiratory ailments and a longer allergy season, according to the latest report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA).

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Climate change impacts report: Indiana will continue to get warmer, wetter

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

 Indiana’s climate has grown wetter and warmer in recent decades and these trends will dramatically accelerate, with dozens of days each year exceeding 95 degrees F by mid-century, according to the initial report of the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment. The report, called “Indiana’s Past and Future Climate,” addresses historical patterns and future projections for…

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