Purdue’s statewide climate change research findings to be discussed at Sierra Club meeting Monday night in Fort Wayne

Climate change and its impact on public health and the area environment will be discussed in a presentation during the Northeast Indiana Sierra Club's meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Room SB 185 of the Science Building at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. (News-Sentinel.com file photo)

Climate change and its impact on public health and the area environment will be discussed in a presentation during the Northeast Indiana Sierra Club’s meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Room SB 185 of the Science Building at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.

Melissa Widhalm, operations manager at the Purdue Climate Change Research Center in West Lafayette, will discuss preliminary findings from Purdue research on climate change. The information will be part of a study the climate change center plans to release next month, a Sierra Club news release said.

Parking is free after 5 p.m. everywhere on the IPFW campus, the news release said.

After Widhalm’s presentation, people will be able to ask questions and share ideas on possible climate change impact in this area, the news release said.

Widhalm also is director of the climate change center’s Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA), which will provide “accessible, credible climate science to Hoosiers, allowing us to better understand climate change-related risks and build more effective plans for a more productive future,” it said on the center’s website, http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/climate/in-ccia/.

The IN CCIA involves scientists and leaders from dozens of participating organizations across the state, who are working together to produce a series of reports on how a changing climate will affect the state and local areas, the website said.

IN CCIA reports are scheduled to cover the following topics:

• Agriculture (lead author: Laura Bowling, Purdue University)

• Aquatic ecosystems (lead author: Tomas Hook, Purdue University)

• Climate (co-lead authors: Alan Hamlet, Notre Dame; Mike Baldwin, Purdue University)

• Energy (lead author: Leigh Raymond, Purdue University)

• Forest and urban ecosystems (co-lead authors: Songlin Fei Purdue University; Heather Reynolds and Rich Phillips, Indiana University)

• Health (lead author: Gabe Filippelli, IUPUI)

• Infrastructure (lead author: Sam Labi Purdue University)

• Tourism and recreation (lead author: Jonathon Day, Purdue University)

• Water resources (lead author: Keith Cherkauer, Purdue University)

The reports will include input from stakeholders in each topic area and will be done in collaboration with a technical working group of experts, the website said.

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