Increasing Climate Variability and Change
Edited by Salinger, James; Sivakumar, Mannava V.K.; Motha, Raymond P
One of the major challenges facing humankind is to provide an equitable standard
of living for this and future generations: adequate food, water and energy, safe shelter and
a healthy environment. Human-induced climate change, and increasing climate variability, as well
as other global environmental issues such as land degradation and loss of biological diversity, threaten
our ability to meet these basic human needs. It is undisputed that the last two decades have been the
warmest this century, and likely to be the warmest for the last 1000 years, sea level is rising, rain and
snowfall patterns are changing. Arctic sea ice is thinning and the frequency and intensity of El-Niño events
appear to be increasing. In addition, the frequency of extreme events is rising and many parts of the world
have recently suffered major heat-waves, floods and droughts leading to significant loss of life and economic
costs. This requires the global community to give urgent attention to addressing key issues. The range of adaptation
options for agriculture and forestry is generally increasing because of technological advances, thus reducing the
vulnerability of these systems to climate change. However, some regions of the world, particularly developing
countries, have limited access to these technologies. Agriculture and forestry are currently not optimally
managed with respect to today€s natural climate variability. Decreasing the vulnerability of agriculture
and forestry to increasing climatic variability will go a long way towards reducing the long-term
vulnerability to climate change. This book represents a major step in assessing the science of climate
variability and change, and their likely impacts on agriculture and forestry, with clear adaptation strategies
required to reduce their vulnerability.
Hardcover 362 pp ISBN 9781402033544
Written for decision makers, professionals and agricultural meteorologists in all organisations involved
with programmes for agricultural and forestry in designing climate risk technologies
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