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IN CCIA January 2020 Newsletter
Climate Conversations in the Hoosier State

Through community gatherings, professional meetings, and educational events around the state, over the last two years we've engaged more than 7,300 Hoosiers in conversations about Indiana's changing climate. We couldn't have done it without all of the contributions from our Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) co-authors, stakeholder reviewers, event hosts, and other supporters and participating organizations. Thank you everyone!




 

In 2019, our climate conversations took us to all corners of the state, from Evansville to Versailles to South Bend, and many places in between. Information from the IN CCIA was shared at about 70 different events and reached a wide range of audiences including state and city lawmakers, church leaders, agriculture professionals, planning professionals, teachers, environmental and conservation groups, high school and college students, scientists, water resource managers, and local residents.

While recent polling data show just 31 percent of Hoosiers say they discuss global warming at least occasionally, our experiences sharing results from the IN CCIA tell us the people of Indiana are hungry for local information and willing to have these critical discussions. If you're interested in having an IN CCIA affiliate speak at your next event, please contact us. Also, be sure to browse the IN CCIA Resources page to find materials that can help you put global change into local perspective.

Above: Laura Bowling speaking at the 12th Annual Greening the Statehouse event in Westfield, IN
Stories of Change: Climate + Soil
According to third-generation farmer Chris Mulkey, rainfall is on the rise and threatening his most precious resource, the soil. Mulkey shares what he's doing to leave this land in better shape for his kids, and their kids.

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Climate change is personal, affecting each of us in unique ways. Stories of Change is an ongoing series from @PurdueCCRC that explores what #climatechange means in the day-to-day lives of Hoosiers & people living around the world. https://ag.purdue.edu/climate/stories-of-change/ Climate change is personal, affecting each of us in unique ways. Stories of Change is an ongoing series from @PurdueCCRC that explores what #climatechange means in the day-to-day lives of Hoosiers & people living around the world. https://ag.purdue.edu/climate/stories-of-change/
Connecting with Policymakers
Thank you to Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) & Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) for inviting the Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC) to speak at the Indiana Rural Caucus Lunch on January 7, 2020. PCCRC Director Jeff Dukes shared a summary of key findings from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment, including a look at past trends and future impacts. There were lots of great questions from legislators, and we look forward to continuing these productive conversations.

Above: Dukes speaking to the Indiana Rural Caucus on January 7, 2020
The Rural Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group of state legislators that meets regularly to discuss and prioritize issues facing rural communities across the state.

Download the IN CCIA Issue Brief for Policymakers (2-pg PDF)
New Tools Using IN CCIA Data
Hoosier Resilience Index (HRI)

Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute has released an online tool to help local governments and Indiana residents understand their vulnerability to climate change and what they can do to respond.
The HRI draws from a wide range of federal and state datasets -- including the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Environmental Protection Agency -- to provide communities with information about extreme heat and precipitation projections, flood plain and land use maps, and demographic information of vulnerable neighborhoods. A self-guided Readiness Assessment then helps local officials evaluate their community's climate preparedness and identify actions to help increase their readiness.

Story Map:
Indiana's Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan


Each state is required by federal law to periodically update their multi-hazard mitigation plan. A newly released story map developed by The Polis Center provides highlights from Indiana's Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP) 2019 update. One of the key changes to Indiana's MHMP was the addition of past climate trends and future climate impacts based on the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment






 
Upcoming Events
January 28, 2020 | Indianapolis, IN
Several IN CCIA co-authors and partners will be attending the Youth Climate Action Day at the Indiana Statehouse. This event will take place from 12-3 PM and is open to all ages. (Learn more)
January 28, 2020 | Danville, IN
PCCRC director Jeff Dukes will be speaking about building resilience for tomorrow's climate at the Hendricks County Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting. (Learn more)
January 29, 2020 | Radio Show
PCCRC director Jeff Dukes will be a guest on the statewide radio show "All IN" where he'll be talking about climate change and flooding. You can listen online at 1 PM (Eastern) at https://www.wfyi.org/programs/all-in.
February 3, 2020 | Rochester, IN
PCCRC director Jeff Dukes will be speaking about building resilience for tomorrow's climate at the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting. (Learn more)
February 4, 2020 | Blackford County, IN
Purdue Extension educator Austin Pearson will be talking about Indiana's changing climate at the Blackford County Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting. (Learn more)
February 18, 2020 | White County, IN
IN CCIA coordinator Melissa Widhalm will share information about climate change and agricultural impacts at a soil health workshop hosted by Purdue Extension.
February 20, 2020 | Hamilton County, IN
IN CCIA coordinator Melissa Widhalm will be speaking about building resilience for tomorrow's climate at the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting. (Learn more)
February 26, 2020 | Angola, IN
IN CCIA coordinator Melissa Widhalm will be speaking at the 73th annual Great Lakes Park Training Institute about the impacts of climate change on Midwestern tourism and parks. (Learn more)



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Climate Facts

 
Did you know?

One of the key findings from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) is that conditions across our state are already changing. Specifically, Indiana is getting warmer and wetter, and recent analysis shows our pace of change has accelerated. 

With 2019 in the books and with the close-out of the decade, we've updated two important graphics from the IN CCIA--Indiana's annual average temperature and Indiana's annual total precipitation--to give us a full 125 years of observations. This updated analysis shows that Indiana has warmed 1.3°F and precipitation has increased 6.5 inches.

Most notable from this analysis is how much the precipitation trend has changed in recent years. When we last conducted this analysis in 2016, the linear trend showed Indiana's precipitation had risen 5.6 inches since 1895. Just three years later, that trend now shows the Hoosier State has 6.5 inches more annual rainfall than it did 125 years ago.

Annual precipitation in both 2018 and 2019 measured about 10 inches above the 20th century average. Since the year 2000, only two years saw precipitation below normal (2010 and 2012). Five of the seven wettest years on record have occurred since 2006.  

Above: Indiana's statewide annual temperature from 1895 to 2019 is shown on the left and annual precipitation on the right. The black line shows the 5-year running average and the dashed line shows the linear trend across the full period of record. The climate trend noted on the graphic is based on the linear trend. Data source: NCEI Climate at a Glance
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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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