Get Involved

We are focused on creating information that matters. That’s why we’re taking a collaborative approach to engage experts and decision makers in a meaningful dialog about climate change concerns, impacts, and information needs. Our goal is to connect with stakeholders early and often throughout the assessment process to better understand key vulnerabilities, risks, and reasons for concerns and to ensure the IN CCIA includes information that is most relevant for decision-makers.

In 2016, the Purdue Climate Change Research Center partnered with numerous organizations to host listening sessions and seminars. During these sessions we connected with city planners, farmers, land use managers, transportation experts, public health workers and others to tell them about the IN CCIA and hear about their climate change concerns, impacts of interest, and information needs. Summarized below are the general types of questions discussed at these sessions.

  • What is your most memorable Indiana weather/climate event? What were the impacts? Have these events been changing?
  • In what ways can climate change information be used to support your planning and decision making? What decisions might you change from this info? What prevents you from using this info?
  • Are there specific questions or topics you would like to have addressed in the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment reports? What climate conditions and impacts are of most interest?
  • Who do you trust for information about climate change?

The feedback gathered during these events was shared with our technical working groups to help improve the IN CCIA reports. Additionally, we’ve recruited nearly 3 dozen stakeholder reviewers to provide direct comments on our reports during the assessment process.

If you are interested in providing your feedback on the above questions, or if you would like to get your organization involved in the IN CCIA, please contact Melissa Widhalm (IN CCIA Coordinator).

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