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Satellite technology could help agricultural producers more accurately measure subsurface moisture

June 26, 2017

Agricultural producers could, in the future, make use of better forecasts to more efficiently irrigate their fields using a Purdue-developed technology that could more accurately sense soil moisture below the surface through measuring the reflections of communication satellite signals. “The reflectivity of the surface is a function of the soil moisture, and that allows us to quantify the amount of moisture in the soil so, if necessary, growers can take corrective actions to protect their crops,” said James Garrison, a professor in Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Electrical and Computer Engineering (by courtesy). “The technology we’re developing can be cost effective.

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Plants take up more carbon once acclimated to warmer temperatures

June 2, 2017

A new understanding about how plants react to high temperatures may help improve predictions about how climate change will affect the planet. Nick Smith, a Purdue University adjunct professor in Forestry and Natural Resources, and postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, wanted to know how plant carbon uptake is affected by extended periods of different temperatures. The information may be helpful for models that use plant carbon uptake to estimate the effects of climate change. “Models have good representations of short-term changes in temperature, but few data exist for incorporating longer-term responses,” said Smith, whose research was part of his doctoral work under Purdue Professor Jeffrey Dukes. “Plants are currently the only way that carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere on land. The way plants are represented in these large-scale models is really important.”

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Trees are moving westward in response to precipitation changes, Purdue University professor reveals

May 17, 2017

After analyzing extensive data collected on 86 tree species in the eastern United States, a research team led by Purdue University professor Songlin Fei found that over the past 30 years, most trees have been shifting westward or northward in response to climate change. “Trees are shifting partially because of climate change, but their responses are species specific,” Fei said. “Deciduous trees like oak and maple are primarily moving westward. Evergreens are responding in a different way. They’re moving northwards.”

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Stanford scientists test links between extreme weather and climate change

April 24, 2017

After an unusually intense heat wave, downpour or drought, Noah Diffenbaugh and his research group inevitably receive phone calls and emails asking whether human-caused climate change played a role. "The question is being asked by the general public and by people trying to make decisions about how to manage the risks of a changing climate," said Diffenbaugh, a professor of Earth system science at Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. "Getting an accurate answer is important for everything from farming to insurance premiums, to international supply chains, to infrastructure planning."

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New Halstead research supercomputer enables groundbreaking Indiana climate study

January 11, 2017

Researchers from the Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC) are using ITaP's new Halstead research supercomputer to develop high-resolution models of the climate and extreme weather events in Indiana over the next century.

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Dir. Jeff Dukes appointed Belcher Chair for Environmental Sustainability

October 14, 2016

Trustees appointed Dukes, a professor of forestry and natural resources, professor of biological sciences, and director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, as the inaugural Belcher Chair for Environmental Sustainability.

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Students study climate change and its affect on populations

December 14, 2015

Today, the Paris Climate Summit wraps up after 12 days of conferences on climate change and its effects on the globe and humanity. In attendance at the Summit were a group of Purdue students and faculty

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Study incorporates ecological processes into Earth system models

December 10, 2015

The $3 million, 5-year collaborative project funded by the USDA's NIFA will address the need to improve prediction of biological services in the Earth system.

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Including plant acclimation to temperature change improves climate models

December 10, 2015

Including plants' acclimation to changes in temperature could significantly improve the accuracy of climate models, a Purdue University study shows.

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Purdue professors at Paris Climate Summit to study climate change and indigenous people

December 3, 2015

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Purdue University social scientists are attending the Paris Climate Summit, COP21, to understand how underrepresented and marginalized groups are represented and what role they play in international environmental negotiations.

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