Purdue Climate Change Research Center


Dynamic Interactions of Earth's Global Cycles

The field of biogeochemistry offers an interdisciplinary approach to study the interactions among the Earth’s ecosystems, land, atmosphere, and oceans. PCCRC projects bring together biogeochemists, land modelers, and ecologists to explore a variety of global change issues including climate change feedback effects, oxidation capacity of the atmosphere, land use change, nitrogen cycling, and the impacts of humans on the environment.  

Current Research Projects

Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds and their Impacts in a Changing Temperate Forest: This project is part of a long-term research initiative designed to measure emissions of biogenic volatile organic carbon compounds (BVOC) and to determine the impact of these compounds and their associated reaction products on climate. Read more…>>

CDI-Type II: Collaborative Research: A Paradigm Shift in Ecosystem and Environmental Modeling: An Integrated Stochastic, Deterministic, and Machine Learning Approach:  This project seeks to advance systems modeling approaches by developing a suite of stochastic modeling approaches, coupled with geostatistical and machine learning techniques. Read more…>>

Linking the Chemical Structure of Black Carbon to its Biological Degradation and Transport Dynamics in a Northern Temperate Forest Soil: Through integrated field and laboratory studies, this research will improve understanding of fundamental biological, chemical and physical controls on BC degradation and transport processes in a northern forest soil. Read more…>>

 Using Oxygen Isotopes to Constrain Ozone Sources and Sinks:  This work will focus on the development and application of a new analytical and experimental framework for the analysis of ozone dynamics. Read more…>> 

Quantifying Climate Feedbacks from Abrupt Changes in High-Latitude Trace-Gas Emissions: The overall goal of this project is to quantify the potential for threshold changes in natural emission rates of trace gases, particularly methane and carbon dioxide, from pan-Arctic terrestrial systems under the spectrum of anthropogenically forced climate warming, and the extent to which these emissions provide a strong feedback mechanism to global climate warming. Read more…>> 

Featured Paper

February 11, 2013
Methane emissions from wetlands: biogeochemical, microbial, and modeling perspectives from local to global scales.pdf

PCCRC Seed Grant Program

This year, the PCCRC providedseed fund to study effects of warming on the spring ephemeral plant community and its pollinators. Read more…>>

INTERFACE: Integrated Network for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research on Feedbacks to the Atmosphere and Climate

The INTERFACE network brings together experimentalists and modelers from around the world to advance global environmental change research. Learn more…>>

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