The portending process of climate change, induced by the anthropogenic accumulations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, is likely to generate effects that will cascade through the biosphere, impacting all life on earth and bearing upon human endeavors. Of special concern is the potential effect on agriculture and global food security.Anticipating these effects demands that scientists widen their field of vision and cooperate across disciplines to encompass increasingly complex interactions. Trans-disciplinary cooperation should aim to generate effective responses to the evolving risks, including actions to mitigate the emissions of greenhouse gases and to adapt to those climate changes that cannot be avoided.This handbook presents an exposition of current research on the impacts, adaptation, and mitigation of climate change in relation to agroecosystems. It is offered as the first volume in what is intended to be an ongoing series dedicated to elucidating the interactions of climate change with a broad range of sectors and systems, and to developing and spurring effective responses to this global challenge. As the collective scientific and practical knowledge of the processes and responses involved continues to grow, future volumes in the series will address important aspects of the topic periodically over the coming years.
Broad-Scale Interactions: Dynamic Interactions of Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Development (I Noble); Linking Physiology, Genetics, and Ecology in Predicting Crop Responses to Climate Change (S Tonsor); Measuring and Modeling CO2 and Temperature Effects: Testing Effects of Climate Change in Crop Models (K Boote); Use of Crop Models for Climate-Agricultural Decisions (J Jones); Climate, Pests, and Regions: Climate Models for Agricultural Impacts: Scales and Scenarios (L Mearns); Impact of Global Climate Change on Weed Biology and Management (L Ziska); Climate Change Effects on Plant-Pest-Natural Enemy Interactions (A P Gutierrez); Adaptation and Mitigation: Modes of Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change (B Easterling); Role of Biochar in Mitigation of Climate Change (J Lehmann); Economics of Agricultural Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation (J Reilly); and other papers.