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Climate and Agriculture: Models, Impacts, and Adaptation Strategies


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David Battisti
University of Washington
Wolfram Schlenker
Senior Fellow
  • Associate Professor, Environmental Earth System Science
  • Senior Fellow, Woods Institute
Adjunct Research Associate
  • Assistant Professor, Environmental Earth System Science
Senior Fellow
  • Professor, Environmental Earth System Science
  • Senior Fellow, Woods Institute
Senior Fellow, Emeritus
  • Professor, Economics, Emeritus
  • Senior Fellow, Woods Institute
Claudia Tebaldi
Climate Central
Carnegie Institute of Global Ecology
  • Professor, Biology
  • Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute
Cary Fowler
Global Crop Diversity Trust

There is little disagreement now that the climate is changing, and that such changes could fundamentally affect humanity's collective ability to feed itself. However, there is little systematic knowledge of where climate effects will hit hardest and how agriculture might adapt to a rapidly changing climate.

This research area examines the potential effects of climate change on regional and global food security, and how to adapt agriculture to a warmer world. Research topics include: past and future effects of climate variability and climate change on agricultural productivity; assessments of gains from different possible adaptation strategies, with the goal of prioritizing agricultural adaptation options in sub-Saharan Africa; the impact of food prices spikes in a warming world; and the nexus of climate, energy, food and health.