IN CCIA January 2019 Newsletter
Save the Date: Energy Report Scheduled for February 19
The Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment team, based at Purdue University, will release a new report on the future of energy supply and demand in Indiana during a community briefing at 2 p.m. on Tuesday February 19 on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis, IN.

The event is free and open to the public and media.

The briefing will be located in the University Library, room UL 1116 (755 W Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN). Visitor parking is available for $2 per hour in the North Street Parking Garage (819 W North St., Indianapolis, IN). Download map.

Questions? Contact IN CCIA coordinator Melissa Widhalm (

Are You Putting IN CCIA Information Into Action?
We thank everyone who has helped us get the IN CCIA reports into the hands of people who can use them. Whether you're helping communities prepare for change or working to reduce human influence on our climate, or applying this science in some other way, we want to hear how you've put the IN CCIA into action! Contact Us.
Climate Change Comes to Campus
When Purdue University alumni think about their time on campus, memories of sledding down Slayter Hill or the Purdue Grand Prix come to mind. But these Boilermaker traditions won't look the same for future students.

The Purdue College
of Agriculture Envision Magazine's latest issue featured an up-close look at the ways campus life will be altered in a changing climate based on the latest IN CCIA reports.

Read the full story here.
Renowned Scientist Katherine Hayhoe At Purdue
March 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM:
Katherine Hayhoe will be at Purdue University where she'll be giving a special lecture on one of the fundamental questions of modern science: How do scientists communicate their work in a fact-free world?

Hayhoe is an accomplished climate scientist with more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, and she's widely recognized for her effectiveness as a science communicator.
Above: Katherine Hayhoe
This event will happen on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette. It's free, open to the public, and sure to draw a large crowd. To learn more and reserve your spot, please visit
Upcoming Events
February 6, 2019 | Plymouth, IN
IN CCIA coordinator Melissa Widhalm will talk about Indiana Agriculture in a Changing Climate at the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative workshop in Plymouth, Indiana. This workshop will look at current changes in modern agriculture and ways to build resiliency against changing weather conditions, herbicide resistant weeds and soybean production management. Learn more.
February 7, 2019 | West Lafayette, IN
IN CCIA lead author Keith Cherkauer will be talking about Indiana's water resources in a changing climate at the 2019 Stormwater Drainage Conference. Learn more.
February 7, 2019 | Pierceton, IN
PCCRC Director Jeff Dukes will be a featured speaker at a free breakfast workshop and roundtable event for innovative farmers looking to build resilience against extreme weather conditions. Learn more.
February 12, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN
IN CCIA agriculture report co-author Janna Beckerman will be a panelist discussing climate change and Hoosier agriculture at the 2019 Indiana Horticultural Congress & Trade Show. Learn more.
February 18, 2019 | Reynolds, IN
IN CCIA coordinator Melissa Widhalm will be speaking at the 2019 White County Ag Winter School about building resiliency in a changing climate. Learn more.
February 19, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN
The IN CCIA team will release a new report on the future of energy supply and demand in Indiana during a community briefing on the IUPUI campus on February 19. Learn more.
February 21, 2019 | Versailles, IN
IN CCIA coordinator Melissa Widhalm will be attending a Ripley County Soil and Water Conservation District meeting where she will share information about Indiana's changing climate and why it matters for farmers.
February 23, 2019 | Michigan City, IN
PCCRC Director Jeff Dukes will be attending the LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District annual meeting to discuss the implications of climate change for Indiana farmers and land owners. Learn more.
February 27, 2019 | West Lafayette, IN
IN CCIA coordinator Melissa Widhalm will be discussing local climate change observations and impacts at the Lilly Nature Center from 1-3 PM in West Lafayette. Learn more.            
February 28, 2019 | Spencer, IN
PCCRC director Jeff Dukes and IN CCIA lead author Rich Phillips will be sharing results from the IN CCIA report Indiana's Future Forests at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Department of Forestry Annual Meeting.         

Climate Facts

Did you know?
About 20% of Indiana is covered in forests with much of this land dedicated to timber production. When it comes time to harvest timber, weather conditions are an important consideration. Wet soils during harvest can cause soil rutting and/or erosion, especially on steep slopes. Soils can better support heavy logging machinery when they are deeply frozen in the winter or extremely dry in the summer.

Currently, logging during the winter causes the least environmental damage in many locations as the forests that provide habitat for the endangered Indiana bat are restricted from logging during the summer. This means as Indiana's warm season continues to lengthen, timber harvesting windows are expected to shrink.

Warming temperatures will decrease the number of days in winter when soils are frozen and suitable for tree harvesting. Central Indiana, for example, is projected to have only about 3 weeks per year with frozen soils by mid-century, compared to almost seven weeks historically (note: soil frost data are for 4-inch depths and thus likely overestimate the length of timber harvest windows). Changes in winter soil conditions will be further compounded by substantial increases in cold-season precipitation.

You can learn more about climate change and Indiana forests at
Above: Number of days per year with frozen soil (at 4-inch depth) for three Indiana counties. Note that the suitable winter season for logging would likely be shorter, as soils must be deeply frozen to avoid damage. “Historical” is the average for the period from 1984 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. Source: Graphic originally appears in the IN CCIA report Indiana's Future Forests.
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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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