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While many scientists are studying the impact of global warming on the earth’s poles, Purdue researchers are modelling its impact right in their home state of Indiana

Researchers are using Purdue University’s new Intel Xeon-based Halstead supercomputer to develop high-resolution models of the climate and potential extreme weather events that could occur in Indiana over the next 100 years.

The Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC) is conducting the research to learn about the potential impacts of climate change on the state. Existing global climate models currently do not provide detailed information on areas as small as Indiana, according to a Purdue University press release.

The supercomputer simulations will provide local and state government and industry leaders with information on how temperature and humidity is expected to change over time and the potential frequency of major floods, the release said.

“Our ability to predict severe rain, severe winds and severe heat stress should all be a lot better with these models,” said Matthew Huber, a Purdue professor of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences.

The team of researchers will use millions of processor core hours on Halstead to produce its high-resolution models.

“This is the kind of thing that we couldn’t do if we didn’t have really outstanding computing resources,” said Jeffrey Dukes, a Purdue professor of forestry, natural resources and biological sciences and director of the PCCRC.

Posted on February 10, 2017 by Wylie Wong, Slashdot Media Contributing Editor