Purdue is the brand new house of the NOAA Local weather Middle – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana climate
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Purdue University has been named the new home of the Midwest Regional Climate Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
NOAA will relocate the office from the University of Illinois to Purdue. The MRCC serves as a hub for data collected by federal atmospheric observatories. There are six regional climate centers in the US
Indiana climatologist Beth Hall will be running the center, according to Purdue.
“The climate centers have specific focuses, and the main themes of the regional climate center in the Midwest are based on agriculture and water resources. Purdue is certainly a leader in these areas, ”said Hall.
The centers serve as hubs for data collected by federal atmospheric observatories. Employees use the data to develop tools that are beneficial to stakeholders in the area.
“RCCs are designed to provide efficient, user-driven data and information to address urgent challenges at the regional and local level,” said Michael Brewer, head of NOAA’s Climate Information Services division. ”
The MRCC spans nine states – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Hall previously served as director of the MRCC from 2012 to 2019 when she was at the University of Illinois, where the center has been since its inception in the early 1980s.
She joined Purdue in 2019 to lead the Indiana climate office.