Farming in a Changing Climate: Agricultural Adaptation in Canada (Sustainability and the Environment)

Farming in a Changing Climate: Agricultural Adaptation in Canada (Sustainability and the Environment)

By: Ellen Wall (editor), Johanna Wandel (editor), Barry Smit (editor)Paperback

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Canadian farming has evolved under the influence of climate and weather - a process that continues with climate change. In farming systems across the country, effective risk management is necessary to deal with drought, flooding, and extreme weather, and to adapt to altered climate and weather conditions. Unfortunately, climate change risks and opportunities are not always well understood among researchers and policy makers in the Canadian agri-food sector. This book addresses that gap. Farming in a Changing Climate provides a wide-ranging synopsis of what climate change means for Canadian agriculture, explores different approaches to the topic, and presents examples of current research. It covers all agricultural regions and a wide variety of commodity production and farming systems. Comments from agricultural producers and policy makers add a practical component to the book and emphasize the value of the applied research. This comprehensive survey synthesizes twenty years of research on climate change and Canadian agriculture. The book will be of interest to scholars in environmental studies, geography, and sociology; policy analysts and policy makers; and representatives of the agri-food industry.

About Author

Ellen Wall is a research scientist in environmental sciences; Barry Smit is a professor of geography and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change; and Johanna Wandel is a postdoctoral research associate with the Department of Geography - all at the University of Guelph. The authors/editors are also members of the Advisory Committee for C-CIARN Agriculture (Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network for Agriculture).


Figures and Tables Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations Part 1: Research Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation 1 Introduction / Ellen Wall, Barry Smit, and Johanna Wandel 2 Impact-Based Approach / Michael Brklacich, Barry Smit, Ellen Wall, and Johanna Wandel 3 Context-Based Approach / Ellen Wall, Barry Smit, and Johanna Wandel 4 Process-Based Approach / Johanna Wandel, Ellen Wall, and Barry Smit Part 2: Impact-Based Studies 5 Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture in Eastern Canada / Samuel Gameda, Andrew Bootsma, and Daniel McKenney 6 Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture in the Prairie Region / David Sauchyn 7 Agricultural Water Supply in the Okanagan Basin: Using Climate Change Scenarios to Inform Dialogue and Planning Processes / Denise Neilsen, Stewart Cohen, Scott Smith, Grace Frank, Walter Koch, Younes Alila, Wendy Merritt, Mark Barton, and Bill Taylor Part 3: Context-Based Studies 8 Climate Change Adaptation in a Wider Context: Conceptualizing Multiple Risks in Primary Agriculture / Ben Bradshaw 9 Biophysical and Socio-Economic Stressors for Agriculture in the Canadian Prairies / Henry David Venema 10 Institutional Capacity for Agriculture in the South Saskatchewan River Basin / Harry P. Diaz and David A. Gauthier 11 The Perception of Risk to Agriculture and Climatic Variability in Quebec: Implications for Farmer Adaptation to Climatic Variability and Change / Christopher Bryant, Bhawan Singh, and Pierre Andre Part 4: Process-Based Studies 12 Comparing Apples and Grapes: Farm-Level Vulnerability to Climate Variability and Change / Suzanne Belliveau, Ben Bradshaw, and Barry Smit 13 Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Risks in Southwestern Ontario Farming Systems / Susanna Reid, Suzanne Belliveau, Barry Smit, and Wayne Caldwell 14 Community-Based Watershed Management as an Agricultural Adaptation to Climatic Extremes in the Canadian Prairies / R. Cynthia Neudoerffer and David Waltner-Toews 15 Household Access to Capital and Its Influence on Climate-Related Rural Population Change: Lessons from the Dust Bowl Years / Robert A. McLeman Part 5: Conclusions 16 Policy Implications: Panellists' Comments / Ellen Wall, Barry Smit, and Johanna Wandel 17 Climate Change Adaptation Research and Policy for Canadian Agriculture / Ellen Wall and Barry Smit References Contributors Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780774813945
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780774813945
  • weight: 432
  • ISBN10: 0774813946

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