WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has appointed Purdue University as the new host of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC). Beth Room, an Indiana state climatologist, will lead the center for five years with federal core funding of $ 3.1 million.
Hall came to Purdue in 2019 to lead the state’s climate office, which is located in the Department of Agronomy. She previously served as the director of the MRCC from 2012 to 2019 while at the University of Illinois, where the center has been located since its inception in the early 1980s.
“We are delighted that the Midwestern Regional Climate Center is moving to Purdue under the leadership of Dr. Hall, where we know it will thrive and grow in its impact,” said Karen Plaut, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture at Purdue.
Hall explains how Purdue will support the MRCC.
“Climate centers have specific objectives, and the main themes of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center are based on agriculture and water resources. Purdue is certainly a leader in these areas, ”said Hall. “Centers are also data hubs, and Purdue’s history in computer, engineering and data science gives a level of confidence that we would have the tools and infrastructure to be excellent stewards for this type of business. job.
There are six regional climate centers in the United States, and the midwestern Midwest covers nine states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The centers serve as hubs for data collected from federal atmospheric observation sites. Staff use the data to develop tools that are beneficial to stakeholders in the region.
“RCCs are designed to provide effective, user-driven data and information to address pressing challenges at regional and local levels,” said Michael Brewer, chief of the climate information services branch of NOAA. “We look forward to working with Purdue to provide these important climate services. . “
Hall plans to develop tools that monitor plant evapotranspiration, potential for flash droughts, and growing degree days. She also sees opportunities to incorporate more data collected by the state into the centre’s repositories.
“We want to make it easy for our stakeholders to go to the MRCC website, extract raw data and access usable information, and use the tools we are developing to improve their own decision-making. ”Hall said.
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