Climate Change Impact and Adaptation in Agricultural Systems
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This book focuses on future global climate change and its implications for agricultural systems which are the main sources of agricultural goods and services to society. This book brings together a series of chapters providing scientific insights to possible implications of projected climate changes for different crop types and livestock systems.
Agriculture is susceptible to climate change and to ensure food, feed, and fiber production for future generations will require effective adaptation strategies. Fuhrer (Agroscope Research, Switzerland) and Gregory (Univ. of Reading, UK) have assembled an international group of authors to discuss crop and livestock production systems and their response to a changing climate and to address the limitations to adaptation practices in rain-fed and irrigated agricultural systems. A key component of this volume is the in-depth treatment of climate variation and its effect on agricultural production and the potential requirements to produce food to feed the global population. The book provides useful discussions of agroecosystems in various parts of the world (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Americas). It also covers the requirements for land management for multiple ecosystem services-critical for linking production goals with societal goals. This volume provides a solid foundation for the discussion of climate resilience in agricultural systems and the requirements to keep improving agricultural production.
--J. L. Hatfield, USDA-Agricultural Research Service
Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.