MAY/JUNE 2018 
Forest & Urban Green Spaces Reports Now Available
Last month the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) released two new reports that look at Indiana's Future Forests and Maintaining Indiana's Urban Green Spaces.

You can read and download these reports from
These reports were released on May 15 during a community briefing in Bloomington, Indiana. The event kicked off with remarks from Indiana University Vice Provost for Research, Rick Van Kooten, and Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Department Head, Robert Wagner. These were followed by an overview of the IN CCIA by PCCRC Director Jeffrey Dukes. Rich Phillips and Heather Reynolds, both professors at Indiana University and lead authors on the reports, each shared a summary of key findings.
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Save the date: Agriculture report scheduled for July 31
Be sure to mark your calendar for July 31, 2018. The IN CCIA Agriculture Working Group will be releasing their report detailing the impacts of climate change on Indiana agriculture at a community briefing in West Lafayette. 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. View event details.

Save the date! The #INCCIA report on #Indiana #agriculture in a changing climate is scheduled for release on July 31, 2018. @PurdueCCRC
Thank you for your support on #PurdueDayOfGiving
We are grateful to everyone who participated in the 5th annual Purdue Day of Giving — a 24-hour social media-driven fundraising effort to build a better, stronger Purdue University.
Your support for the PCCRC on Purdue Day of Giving helped expand the reach of the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA), a statewide effort to create easy-to-read reports that help Hoosiers understand climate change-related risks so they can prepare for the future.

Your donations help us share the IN CCIA with local communities, increase dialogue about climate change across Indiana, and support new research and next steps.
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Congratulations to Hamlet and Byun
IN CCIA Climate Working Group co-lead author, Alan Hamlet, and his student Kyuhyun Byun, recently published a journal article that describes the climate modeling approach that supported the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment. Please join me in congratulating Hamlet & Byun and thanking them for their important contributions to the IN CCIA.
Byun, K. and A.F. Hamlet. (2018). Projected Changes in Future Climate over the Midwest and Great Lakes Region Using Downscaled CMIP5 Ensembles. International Journal of Climatology, DOI 10.1002/joc.5388 (in press).
Upcoming Events
June 9-10, 2018 | Fishers, IN
The Purdue Climate Change Research Center will be hosting a booth at the 2018 Curiosity Fair at Connor Prairie. Event details.

June 12, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
Melissa Widhalm, IN CCIA coordinator, will be a plenary speaker at the Indiana Recycling Coalition annual conference where she will discuss the impacts of climate change in Indiana. Registration is required. Event details.

June 15, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
Jeff Dukes, PCCRC Director, will be talking about the impacts of climate change in Indiana at the Hoosier Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society Spring Meeting. Event details.
June 27, 2018 | Bloomington, IN
Alan Hamlet, IN CCIA lead author and professor at the University of Notre Dame, will share results from the IN CCIA report Indiana's Past and Future Climate at the Indiana Water Resource Association annual symposium. Event details.
June 28, 2018 | Plymouth, IN
Melissa Widhalm will be talking about climate change impacts in Indiana with the Marshall County Solid Waste Management District's Citizen Advisory Committee. This event is free and open to the public. Event details.
July 3, 2018 | Lafayette, IN
Jeff Dukes will talk about the local impacts of climate change at the Master Gardeners of Tippecanoe County monthly meeting. Event details.

Climate Facts

Did you know?
This year marked the 102nd running of a world-known Indiana tradition, the Indianapolis 500. Every year in late May dating back to 1911, Hoosiers and race fans flock to Indianapolis to witness The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

High temperatures during the last week of May, on average, reach about 76°F in Indianapolis, which might sound quite comfortable for the grand stands. However, long-term observations show temperatures over the last 60 years are on the rise. In fact, the average high temperature these days is about 3.5°F warmer that it was in 1950.

This year, in 2018, high temperatures from May 25 - 31 measured 12°F above average. The high temperature on race day itself came in at a blistering 91°F, making it the second hottest Indy 500 on record. According to local reports, more than 200 race goers were treated on-site and/or at the hospital for heat-related illness including dehydration, exhaustion, chest pains, and respiratory failure.
Above: This graphic shows the average high temperatures from May 25 to May 31 in Indianapolis from 1950 to 2018 (red line). The black solid line shows the increasing temperature trend over time and the gray dashed line shows the 30-year average temperature. Data were accessed from the High Plains Regional Climate Center CLIMOD Database.
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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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