JULY 2018 
Save the date: Agriculture report scheduled for July 31
The IN CCIA report Indiana's Agriculture in a Changing Climate will be released during a community briefing in West Lafayette on Tuesday, July 31. This event will be held at the Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center (4750 US-52, West Lafayette, IN 47906) and is open to the public and the media.
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Stories of Change: Climate + Birds
In our first feature within the Stories of Change series, life-long bird-watcher and wildlife ecologist Barny Dunning shares his observations of change over the last 20 years in Indiana.

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Stories of Change: Climate + Birds

In his youth, Barny Dunning and his fellow Boy Scout friends made a goal of earning all the nature-related merit badges the program offered. After poring over the requirements for each, they decided to start with Bird Study. It was the easiest of the badges, Dunning recalls, so the thought was to pick the low-hanging fruit and move on.
Dunning remembers walking with a guide through a local park, spotting birds he’d never noticed and memorizing their vocalizations. He jotted down observations in a small notebook and finished the requirements for the badge.

The scouts moved on to other badges, but Dunning found himself back in that park and others. Fascinated by birds, Dunning became a wildlife ecologist and is now a full professor at Purdue. That’s in addition to countless hours he’s spent in his free time with binoculars and notepad in hand.....[continue reading Barny's story]

For every bird Dunning sees, and even the more routine pieces of information, he takes notes in the same type of notebook he did as a Boy Scout. He has records on bird locations, weather conditions and other observations for all his excursions. Dunning hasn’t counted the notebooks, but he once dumped them on his dining room table, and they covered it.

One major thing he can pull from those decades of notes — Indiana’s climate is changing rapidly, and it’s having a real effect on birds.

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Putting global change into local perspective
Since March 2018, the IN CCIA has released four (soon to be five) plain-language reports describing the past and future of Indiana's climate, health impacts on Hoosiers, and the future of Indiana's forests and urban green spaces.
Climate change is happening now and affecting Hoosiers.
Upcoming Events
July 31, 2018 | West Lafayette, IN
The IN CCIA report Indiana's Agriculture in a Changing Climate will be released to the public and media at a community briefing in West Lafayette. Event details.
August 13, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
Melissa Widhalm will be speaking about the role of Indiana's changing climate in shaping the future of water resources management and planning at the Indiana Water Summit. Event details.
August 14-15, 2018 | Washington, D.C.
PCCRC director Jeff Dukes will be speaking at a National Academy of Sciences 2-day workshop on subnational climate assessments where he'll share experiences from the IN CCIA. Event details.
August 15, 2018 | West Lafayette, IN
IN CCIA lead author, Laura Bowling, will be talking about drainage decisions in a changing climate at the Purdue Drainage Field Day. Event details.
August 31, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
PCCRC director Jeff Dukes will talk about Indiana's changing climate with the Indiana Wildlife Federation. Event details.

Climate Facts

Did you know?
Extreme daytime heat is often at the center of discussion when heatwaves strike, and so far this summer record-breaking heat captured headlines worldwide on a regular basis.

However, elevated nighttime temperatures can be equally, if not more, detrimental to people, animals and plants. Uncomfortably warm nights, when temperatures remain above 68°F and humidity is high, are especially dangerous for people without access to air conditioning and the risk of heat-related illness increases with each consecutive night. During the 1995 Chicago heatwave where more than 700 people perished over a 5-day period, it was the excessive overnight heat paired with a lack of air conditioning that contributed to the death toll.

For crops such as corn, elevated overnight temperatures increase plant respiration which then reduces sugar availability for grain production. Warm nights also can affect pollination timing and success. All of these factors lower crop yields.

Historical weather data shows that Indiana's average overnight summer temperatures have been warming by 0.5°F per decade since 1960, with more uncomfortable nights. By mid-century, Hoosiers are expected to see double to triple the number of uncomfortable nights compared to the last century.

Above: Uncomfortable nights per year for three representative Indiana counties. An uncomfortable night occurs when the daily low temperature is above 68°F. “Historical” is the average for the period from 1915 to 2013. For future projections, “2020s” represents the average 30-year period from 2011 to 2040, “2050s” represents the average from 2041 to 2070, and “2080s” represents the average from 2071 to 2100. Data for other locations available. Source: Hamlet et al. (in review) and Widhalm et al. (2018a).
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Led by the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) is a statewide effort that brings the best available climate change research together into a series of reports designed to help Hoosiers better understand climate change-related risks so they can prepare for challenges and capitalize on opportunities.
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