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 a new report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) team managed by Purdue University.

Aquatic Ecosystems in a Shifting Indiana Climate was released on September 12 during a community briefing at the Bass Pro Shops in Portage, Indiana. The event opened with remarks from Paul Labovitz, Superintendent for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. 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 the new report's lead author, Tomas Hook, Purdue University Professor and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Director.
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Recent media coverage:
  • Changing climate: What projections say about Indiana and southern Lake Michigan (Chicago Sun Times, 9/17/18)
  • Lake Michigan is warming. A new report says that could mean trouble for game fish (Chicago Tribune, 9/17/18)
  • Purdue: Fish, aquatic life in Indiana could face climate threats (Indiana Public Media News, 9/17/18)
Additional media coverage available in our Newsroom.
More rain, more nutrient #runoff & warming waters will lead to more #algalblooms, reduced water clarity & depleted oxygen levels in #Indiana lakes & reservoirs. #INCCIA #climatechange #hypoxia #waterquality
Save the date: Tourism & Recreation report scheduled for Nov. 12
We will be releasing the seventh report in the ongoing IN CCIA series on November 12, 2018. This upcoming report will look at climate change impacts on Indiana's tourism and recreation. We will be sharing key findings from this report with the public and media on November 12 during a free community briefing in northern Indiana. More details about this briefing, including the location and start time, will be shared in next month's IN CCIA newsletter, or you can contact IN CCIA coordinator, Melissa Widhalm, for details.
Indiana Climate Leadership Summit recap
On September 13, 2018, over 150 people, including five mayors, from more than a dozen Indiana communities gathered for the third annual Climate Leadership Summit (CLS3) in Indianapolis. This annual summit allows mayors, city leaders and community partners to discuss how to prepare for our changing climate.

This year's program included an overview of key findings from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment from PCCRC Director Jeff Dukes and information about the new Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit (ERIT) from Indiana University's Janet McCabe. Therese Dorau with the South Bend Office of Sustainability described their community's experience with conducting a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, and it was announced that in 2019 a new partnership between IU and ICLEI will provide a selected number of Indiana communities with GHG training and technical support. The day ended with a series of hands-on workshops on topics including GHG inventories, youth empowerment, adaptation and mitigation tools, and various sustainability projects.    

Recent CLS3 media coverage:
  • Indiana mayors attend Climate Leadership Summit, Purdue Research Center presents grim forecast for Hoosier environment (NUVO, 9/18/18)

Mayors Goodnight (Kokomo), Bettice (Batesville), Spinner (Huntingburg), Kitchell (Logansport) and Hickman (Angola) talk about climate change impacts and solutions with Janet McCabe (IU, ERI) during the third annual Climate Leadership Summit.
PCCRC 2017 Annual Report now available
The Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC) oversees the development and dissemination of the IN CCIA, but that's certainly not all we do. Since our inception in 2004, the PCCRC has been facilitating interdisciplinary climate change research that addresses the challenges and complexities of climate and related environmental change. Our research teams are exploring the causes and impacts of climate change, improving predictive models to project future climate conditions, and pursuing novel ideas for mitigation and adaptation. Check out our newly released 2017 PCCRC Annual Report to learn more.

Calling all Urban Foresters & Resource Managers
The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub are offering a free 7-week online training course to help urban foresters and natural resource managers improve their climate adaptation planning.

This training has been designed specifically for professionals working in urban areas in the Midwest and Northeast, including county and municipal arborists and park managers, community forestry and urban conservation non-profits, and private consultants working on public, tribal, and private lands.

Register online by: October 9, 2018

And learn more about climate impacts on Indiana's urban green spaces in our recently released IN CCIA report.
Upcoming Events
October 4, 2018 | Lafayette, IN
PCCRC Director Jeff Dukes will be speaking to the Lafayette Ag Club about recent reports from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment.
October 9, 2018 | Webinar
IN CCIA lead author Alan Hamlet will discuss projected changes in the frequency and severity of floods in Indiana during the Prepared for Environmental Change Webinar Series. Learn more.
October 10, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
PCCRC Director Jeff Dukes will discuss projected changes in Indiana's climate and implications for the state's energy demands at the Indiana Energy Conference. Learn more.
October 16, 2018 | North Liberty, IN
Melissa Widhalm, IN CCIA coordinator, will share results from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment at the Friends of Potato Creek State Park monthly meeting. Learn more.
October 22, 2018 | Webinar
Melissa Widhalm, IN CCIA coordinator, will talk about the IN CCIA approach and her experiences with conducting this multi-year collaborative effort with members of the North Central Climate Collaborative (NC3). Learn more.

October 23, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
PCCRC Director Jeff Dukes will talk about Indiana's changing climate at the 2018 Indiana Environmental Conference presented by the Indiana Chamber and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Learn more.

Climate Facts

Did you know?
A warmer, wetter Indiana will be accompanied by shifts in the arrival, survival and abundance of insects, including mosquito species that can carry viruses such as West Nile, dengue, yellow fever and Zika. Mosquito traps in Marion County, for instance, have already shown a 500% increase in the number of mosquitoes from 1981 to 2016, which is consistent with observed changes in temperature and rainfall during this time. With projected increases in Indiana's rainfall and a longer frost-free season, Hoosiers should expect larger pest populations that are active for longer periods during the year along with more types of mosquito species in the coming decades. You can learn more about climate change and our health in the IN CCIA report Hoosiers' Health in a Changing Climate.
Above: Mosquitoes trapped in 20 light traps in Marion County, Indiana from 1981 to 2016. Black dots show annual counts. Red line is the linear trend over the period of record. Graphic originally appears in the IN CCIA report Hoosiers' Health in a Changing Climate.
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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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