Special Issue "Options for Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2016)
Climate change is altering agricultural production conditions across the globe. With increasing temperatures and changing precipitation patterns, abiotic stresses, such as heat and drought, reduce yield potentials and shift agricultural production zones. Simultaneously, climate change directly affects the physiology, phenology, and distribution of agricultural pests and diseases. Furthermore, there is an indirect impact of climate change on organisms through site conditions (e.g., water or soil quality). With the projected further temperature increase, agricultural pests and diseases are expected to occur more frequently and possibly extend to previously non-affected regions.
Adaptations are required to mitigate negative consequences of climate change and to exploit emerging new potentials, while avoiding negative impacts on the environment. On the short run, shifts in sowing, cultivar choice, soil or irrigation management can be suitable adaptation options; on the long run more drastic transformational changes might be required, involving, for example, fundamental changes in production systems or in institutional structures. In general, local adaptive capacity is key to adaptation success and interdisciplinary research is needed to guide the process of adaptation planning.
We invite experimental and modelling studies investigating the effectiveness of different adaptation options, but also qualitative and quantitative studies exploring drivers of adaptive capacity and resilience of local production systems.Dr. Annelie Holzkämper
Dr. Sibylle Stöckli
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- Climate change impacts
- Adaptive capacity
- Climate resilience