Purdue Climate Change Research Center

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Policy Analysis and Information Tools

The PCCRC promotes a wide-reaching portfolio of climate-related research that ties together the physical and biological fundamentals of climate change with those in the social sciences and public policy. The center works to bring objective, science-based information to the policy making process. We support and encourage interdisciplinary analysis to provide science-based information tools for researchers, students, elected officials, and the public.

Research Projects

All (Climate) Politics Are Local? Improving the role of scientific projections of climate change vulnerability in state policy making: Sub-national political units (states, provinces, etc.) have taken a surprising leadership role in climate change policymaking, both in the United States and abroad. One explanation for this is that perceptions of greater perceived vulnerability to climate change have motivated some these local political units to action. In this project we test the influence of different frames for scientific information about projected global and local climate impacts on public and elite attitudes toward state and national climate policy as a possible explanation of this sub-national policy activity. Read more…>>

Experimental Testbeds for New Applications of Environmental Trading Programs: This project uses experimental methods to design and test several elements of market mechanisms. Three independent, yet integrated, series of laboratory experiments are underway at Purdue, UMass, and GMU, with the Purdue focus on simultaneous multiple pollutant trading, intergovernmental vs. intersource trading, and alternative banking rules. 
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Socio-Economic Research on the Supply of Climate Regulating Ecosystem Services from Agriculture: Indiana is an integral part of the nation’s agricultural economy, ranking fourth in total soybean production and fifth in total corn (for grain) production in 2008. As world population continues to grow, so too does the demand for grains, and agricultural producers are called upon to be more productive while also supplying additional non-commodity services to society from managed agro-ecosystems. Read more…>>


Why do Farmers Adopt Offset-Eligible Practices? An Experimental Investigation of Framing Effects: Because of agriculture’s significant role in anthropogenic climate change, it is critical to understand why farmers adopt practices eligible for carbon offset credits.  This study considers the effects of different ways of framing no or low till agriculture on farmer interest in these offset eligible techniques. Read more…>>


Conference and Symposia

Beyond "Climategate": To examine why a contradiction between growing scientific certainty and decreasing public belief in climate science exists, the PCCRC sponsored a symposium to explore the role of science and the media in the making of climate change policy. Moderated by Elizabeth McNie (PolSci), the session featured speakers Andrew Revkin, Judith Curry, and Roger Pielke, Jr.  View the event webpage for more information about the symposium, or follow this link to go directly to the streaming archive video.

Emissions Trading Workshop: This all-day workshop on emissions trading was organized to provide public stakeholders from academia, government, environmental groups, and industry with the opportunity to interact in a non-partisan manner with academic and private-sector experts regarding the strengths and weaknesses of different emission trading proposals. Visit the Emissions Trading Workshop Webpage for speakers’ ppt presentations, streaming archive video, and the workshop summary report.

Featured Paper

March 5, 2013
Media Framing and Public Attitudes Toward Biofuels. pdf 

New Course

“ Global Land Use Change to 2050: Implications for Food Security and the Environment”  Read More>>

News and Reports

We are pleased to announce the release of a new Purdue University Press book,  Perspectives in Bioethics, Science, and Public Policy, edited by Jonathan Beever and Nicolae Morar.  The volume is based on the “Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science” program established by Jonathan and Nicolae and now in its 6th year.  

A brief description about the book and details for purchase (print and e-pub) are available here.

How to convey science and its uncertainty to policy makers - Aaron Goldner attended a Policy Colloquium in Washington, DC Read More >>

"A New Resource for Science Based Information" professor Otto Doering chaired the team of science advisors leading a five-year study which quantified the sources and risks of nitrogen pollution (reactive nitrogen) in the United States. Read more>>