Special Issue "Sustainable Agricultural and Climate Change"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2017)
Prof. Elaine Wheaton
1. Department of Geography and Planning, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8, Canada
2. Emeritus Researcher, Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2X8, Canada
Interests: climate change; agriculture; climate extremes; environmental science; sustainable development; climate impacts; adaptation; vulnerability
This Special Issue would cover topics related to climate change and its relationship with the sustainability of agriculture. Sustainability (and sustainable development) covers environmental, social and economic dimensions, and requires a multi-disciplinary approach in order to examine, explore and critically engage with issues and advances in these and related areas. There is a need to examine the three pillars of sustainability in the context of agriculture and its interplay with climate change. As we are aware, climate change is a certainty and it affects many economic sectors, including agriculture. It would affect production, such as crop and livestock, differently. Vast regional differences are expected for various parts of the world. Trade patterns may change, and the entire supply chains may require reorganization. Overall, the economic fortunes of producers in different parts of the world would be affected. These distributive effects could even threaten food security in certain parts of the world. Agricultural sustainability may be especially threatened by climate extremes, such as heat waves, droughts, and floods. However, not all changes induced by climate change would be negative; some may even be positive. Undoubtedly, there would be gainers and losers within a nation, as well as among countries. Gains and losses would also change with time, depending on the various climate thresholds reached, for example. Achieving sustainability would require changes in the way we manage agriculture. Therefore, equally important in this discourse is to find solutions to achieve sustainability in the wake of climate change, one of the major threats to sustainability. Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments and applications.
Prof. Dr. Suren N. Kulshreshtha
Prof. Elaine Wheaton
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- agricultural production
- agricultural sustainability
- climate change
- climate extremes
- climate variability
- threats to sustainability
- adaptation measures
- regional differences
- carbon dioxide effect
- green agriculture
- management for sustainability
- climate-smart agriculture
- food security
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Authors: Kindie Tesfaye; Pramod K. Aggarwal; Fasil Mequanint; Paresh Shirsath; Olaf Erenstein
Abstract: Climate change and uncertainties associated with it have serious direct and indirect consequences for crop production and food security in many developing regions like the state of Bihar in India. In agriculture-based developing regions, analysis of climate data provides useful information in identifying climate risks and anticipating new ones for planning appropriate adaptation and mitigation options. The aim of this study was to identify near-term (2030) and mid-term (2050) climate risks and/or opportunities in Bihar using thirty years (1980-2009) past records as a baseline and discuss the implications of the changes on sustainable crop production in the state. The results indicate that rainfall, maximum and minimum temperatures, and evapotranspiration will increase in the near- and mid- terms periods relative to the baseline period with the magnitude of the change varying with time, season and location. The major climate risks for crop production in Bihar will be heat stress mainly due to increasing minimum temperatures in the rabi (October-January) season and high minimum and maximum temperatures in the spring (February-May) season, and intense rainfall and longer dry spells in the kharif (June-September) season with the magnitude of the risks varying with location. The opportunities that could come with climate in Bihar are an increase in annual and seasonal rainfall amounts, and extended crop growing period in the kharif season. In general, increasing temperature across the state will have considerable negative consequences on staple crops of the state by affecting crop phenology, physiology and plant-water relations. Therefore, the results of this study are useful in developing site-specific adaptation and mitigation options that minimize the negative effects of climate change while maximizing the opportunities that come with it.
Keywords: Bihar; climate analysis; climate change, India; Sustainable crop production