As the far-reaching effects and associated challenges of climate change become more apparent, the center works to generate and promote solutions. Purdue researchers are tackling the issue on many fronts, asking questions such as:

  • How will climate change impact our cities, agriculture, and energy systems?
  • How can we engineer solutions to climate change into new and existing infrastructure?
  • What can the past climate tell us about future climate?
  • How do we design the most politically robust, cost-effective, and socially equitable policy approaches for dealing with climate change?

Our work is characterized by several distinguishing features:

  • Human Dimensions: focus on integrating a broad range of human dimensions into the global climate system of feedbacks.
  • Regional Scale: emphasis on developing a credible and reliable capability to quantitatively assess future climate states and the associated impacts, focusing primarily on regional scales.
  • Quantitative Integrative Modeling: emphasis on integrating all aspects of the climate change issue in a modeling framework that optimally combines observations and mechanistic understanding.
  • Faculty-driven: structured in a way that encourages University disciplinary strengths in climate research to quickly address emerging research needs and opportunities.

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