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General Mission

The Midwestern Regional Climate Center is a cooperative program between the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign, Illinois. Our center is a partner in a national climate service program that includes NCDC, five other Regional Climate Centers, and State Climate Offices. The NCDC is part of the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The MRCC serves the nine-state Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin). Our services and research help to better explain climate and its impacts on the Midwest, provide practical solutions to specific climate problems, and allow us to develop climate information for the Midwest on climate-sensitive issues such as agriculture, climate change, energy, the environment, human health, risk management, transportation, and water resources.

The MRCC mission has four components:

  • Providing high-quality climate data, derived information, and data summaries for the Midwest.
  • Monitoring and assessing regional climate conditions and their impacts.
  • Preparing specialized historical climate data sets.
  • Coordinating and conducting applied research on climate-related issues and problems.

Some data are available for states outside of the Midwestern region, but should typically be handled by the appropriate regional climate center.

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