October 2018 
Save the date: Tourism & Recreation report scheduled for Nov. 12
The Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) report Tourism and Recreation in a Warmer Indiana will be released during a community briefing from 10-11 AM (Central Time) on November 12, 2018. This free event for the public and media will be held at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center in Porter, IN.

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This release will mark the 7th report in the IN CCIA series. Past report topics include health, agriculture, forests and more. You can read the reports at
IN CCIA Aquatic Ecosystems Report now available
As Indiana warms and precipitation patterns shift, these changes will affect the timing of water flows, the quality of water and habitat suitability for some of the plants and animals that depend on the state's water for their survival. That is according to the latest report from the IN CCIA titled Aquatic Ecosystems in a Shifting Indiana Climate.
Additional resources:
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
In Case You Missed It...
Melissa Widhalm and Gabe Filippelli provided a review of key findings from the IN CCIA climate and health reports during the Sept 20, 2018 Environmental Resilience Institute monthly webinar series.

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Alan Hamlet, author on the IN CCIA climate and water reports, talked about the effects of climate change on Indiana flooding during the Oct 9, 2018 Environmental Resilience Institute monthly webinar series.

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On Oct 22, 2018, Melissa Widhalm shared with the North Central Climate Collaborative how scientists and decision makers from across Indiana are working together to elevate the conversation about climate change issues through the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA).

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Upcoming Events
November 12, 2018 | Porter, IN
The IN CCIA report Tourism and Recreation in a Warmer Indiana will be released to the public and media at a community briefing in Porter. Learn more.
November 15, 2018 | Frankfort, IN
PCCRC Director Jeff Dukes will talk about Indiana’s changing climate and soil health during a half-day workshop co-sponsored by the Clinton, Carroll, Howard and Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation Districts. This event will be held at Meadowlane Farms in Frankfort. Registration deadline is November 9. Learn more.
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.


Climate Facts

Did you know?
With autumn comes colorful leaves, trick-or-treating, and frosted rooftops. This year our "first freeze" put an official end to the growing season in mid-October for most Hoosiers, which is about what we would expect. But for many plants, winter dormancy won't actually be triggered until temperatures drop to 25°F or below. Across Indiana, this tends to occur in early- to mid-November, although in recent years the first "hard freeze" has been occurring later in the year.

By mid-century, the average date of the first hard autumn freeze across Indiana is expected to occur nine to 13 days later, and that could affect the hardiness of some crops through increased exposure of the non-dormant plant to cold temperatures. You can learn more about Indiana's shifting seasons in the report Hoosier Agriculture in a Changing Climate
Above: Average date when the first hard freeze of autumn, defined as temperatures at or below 25°F, occurs for the historical period (1981 to 2010) and mid-century projections (2041 to 2070) based on a high-emissions scenario. Results for medium-emissions scenario are available. Graphic appears in Bowling et al. (2018).
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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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