Nov/Dec 2018 
IN CCIA Tourism & Recreation Report Now Available
By mid-century, a month of the best weather for attracting summer tourists to Indiana will be replaced by hotter days that will be too uncomfortable for many outdoor activities that we enjoy today. Warmer temperatures will also limit many popular winter activities. These are just some of the key findings from the latest Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) report developed by a team of experts from Purdue University, Purdue University Northwest, and Indiana University Northwest.
Tourism and Recreation in a Warmer Indiana was released on November 12 during a community briefing at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center in Porter, Indiana. Paul Labovitz, Superintendent for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, kicked off the event by sharing his recent experiences with off-season wildfires, winter ticks and increased visitor traffic during the shoulder seasons. Jeffrey Dukes, PCCRC Director, provided an overview of the IN CCIA and previous report findings. This was followed by a summary of key findings from Jonathon Day, Purdue associate professor of hospitality and tourism management and lead author for the latest report.
Additional Resources:
Recent media coverage:
  • Climate change showing the impact on the way we operate business (WGN Radio, 11/19/18)
  • Report: climate change will affect Indiana tourism (Tribune Star, 11/14/18)
  • Ind. faces climate risks to its outdoors industry (E&E News, 11/14/18)
  • Report: Changing climate will affect recreation and tourism in Indiana (AP, 11/13/18)
  • Study takes stock of climate change’s impact on tourism (Inside Indiana Business, 11/12/18)
  • Purdue researchers: Indiana tourism not immune to climate change (WBAA, 11/12/18)
  • Report: Changing climate will affect recreation and tourism in Indiana (Evansville Courier & Press, 11/12/18)
Additional media coverage available in our Newsroom.
Save the Date: Energy Report Scheduled for February 19
The 8th report in the INCCIA series is scheduled for release on February 19, 2019. This report will focus on future energy demand in the Hoosier State. We will host a free community briefing on February 19 in Indianapolis to share key findings from this report with the public and media. Additional details about the briefing venue and start time will be provided in January.

Two New Federal Climate Change Reports Published
Climate change has been the spotlight of national and local attention following the U.S. Global Change Research Program's release of two highly anticipate reports:
NCA4 is a scientific assessment of climate change impacts, risks, and adaptation across the United States with a strong regional focus. The Midwest section of NCA4 concludes similar findings as those reported in the Indiana assessment reports, as described in the following media stories:
  • Climate report forecasts econmic risks by 2100 (Farm World, 12/5/18)
  • ‘Substantial loss of life’: What the climate change report says about Indiana (IndyStar, 11/27/18)
  • Federal climate change report shows economic, health effects on Midwest (Indiana Daily Student, 11/27/18)
  • National climate report: Extreme heat, flooding expected for Midwest (WFYI, 11/26/18)
Calling All Forest & Natural Resources Managers
By popular demand, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub are offering Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices as a free 7-week online training course. Held Jan 8 - Feb 19, 2019, this course will focus on the Central Hardwoods and Central Appalachians, and it has been approved for 21 category 1 CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters.

This unique course provides hands-on training in considering climate change information and identifying adaptation actions for natural resources management and conservation. Participants will receive coaching and feedback on their own real-world climate adaptation project. They will also receive information to help them identify local climate change impacts and adaptation strategies, and learn strategies for more effective climate change communication.  

Register online by: December 7, 2018

Learn more about climate impacts on Indiana's forests in our recently released IN CCIA report.
GHG Inventory Support Available for Hoosier Communities
The Indiana Sustainability Development Program has partnered with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and IU's Environmental Resilience Institute to help 15 Hoosier communities develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, a critical first step in emissions reductions.

The 2019 Resilience Cohort will have access to ICLEI's proprietary ClearPath software, training sessions, one-on-one technical support, and more.

Application Deadline: December 14, 2018
Upcoming Events
December 11, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
The North Central Climate Collaborative (NC3) is hosting a one-day climate change workshop for educators, natural resource managers, and outreach professionals. Attendees will learn about climate impacts, management strategies, communication and other topics. Learn more.

December 10-14, 2018 | Washington, D.C.
Dozens of PCCRC faculty and students will be presenting their climate change research findings at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Two of those presentations will focus explicitly on the IN CCIA. Lead author Laura Bowling will share results from the agriculture report on December 12, and PCCRC director Jeff Dukes will discuss the IN CCIA process and dissemination approach on December 14. Learn more about PCCRC at AGU.

December 19, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
IN CCIA lead author Laura Bowling will be talking about Indiana's agriculture in a changing climate at the Indiana Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) conference. Learn more.

Climate Facts

Did you know?
Indiana is home to two ski resorts, both located in the southern portion of the state. As reported in the newly released IN CCIA report Tourism and Recreation in a Warmer Indiana, by mid-century, cold season activities such as skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing (and the businesses that support them) are at risk from warming temperatures and increased rainfall.

Research by Hoosier scientists suggests the length of winter* is expected to shorten by 20 to 25 days by mid-century, and the annual number of days with snow cover is projected to decline by 32 to 41 percent. Additionally, it is expected that the number of days with temperatures suitable for artificial snow-making in Indiana will decline from 18 days historically to 9 to 10 days by mid-century.

* Length of winter defined as the number of days between the first and last occurrence of at least 6 consecutive days with a daily average temperature of less than 41°F (Chin et al., 2018).
Above: Average annual number of days with snow cover for three Indiana counties, including the two southern counties that host commercial ski areas. “Historical” is an average for the period 1984 to 2013. For the future projections, “2020s” represents the average of the 30-year period from 2011 to 2040, “2050s” represents the average from 2041 to 2070, and “2080s” represents the average from 2071 to 2100. Source: Cherkauer et al. (in preparation);  graphic appears in the IN CCIA report Tourism & Recreation in a Warmer Indiana.
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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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