Climate change is no longer merely projected to occur in the indeterminate future. It has already begun to be manifested in the weather regimes affecting agroecosystems, food production, and rural livelihoods in many regions around the world. It is a real and growing challenge to the world at large and in particular to the scientific community, which is called upon with increasing urgency to respond effectively.The second volume in the ICP Series on Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation, Handbook of Climate Change and Agroecosystems: Global and Regional Aspects and Implications is published jointly by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America and Imperial College Press. The ongoing series is dedicated to elucidating the actual and potential impacts of climate change, and to formulating effective responses to this global challenge. It is designed to inform, spur, and integrate the work of leading researchers in the major regions of the world, and to further international cooperation in this crucial field.
Daniel Hillel is a world-renowned environmental scientist and hydrologist who has worked in over 30 countries across North and South America Europe, Asia and Africa. He is the 2012 winner of the World Food Prize, recognizing "individuals who have contributed landmark achievements in increasing the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world". Professor Hillel is receiving the prize for his groundbreaking work in micro-irrigation and his success in bridging cultural gaps to solve a global issue. He has also published over 300 scientific papers on environmental science, authored and edited 24 books that have been adopted by many universities and translated into 12 languages. Cynthia Rosenzweig is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies where she leads the Climate Impacts Group. The mission of the Climate Impacts Group is to improve understanding of how climate affects human and natural systems and to develop solutions for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Dr. Rosenzweig also holds adjunct positions as Senior Research Scientist at the Columbia University Earth Institute and Professor of Environmental Sciences at Barnard College. She was a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report and is a Co-Leader of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP).