Type: Book

Climate change and agriculture


Dr Delphine Deryng is a Senior Research Associate at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and at the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) at Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany. She has written widely on climate change impacts on agriculture and is a lead author to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II Chapter 5: "Food, fibre, and other ecosystem products". Dr. Deryng is the main developer of the global crop model PEGASUS and a member of the Agricultural Modelling Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP).



Publication date:

21 April 2020

Length of book:

300 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786763204

Hardback - £150.00
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It has been suggested that agriculture may account for up to 24% of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) contributing to climate change. At the same time climate change is threatening to disrupt agricultural production. This collection reviews key research addressing this challenge.

Climate change is the biggest challenge agriculture faces. Part 1 of this collection reviews current research on the impacts of climate change on agriculture, such as the effects of increased temperatures, as well as the ways these impacts can be modelled. Part 2 assesses what we know about the contribution of agriculture to climate change, including the impacts of both crop and livestock production as well as land use. Part 3 surveys mitigation strategies to achieve a more ‘climate-smart’ agriculture such as the role of integrated crop-livestock and agroforestry systems.

Key features

  • Provides a more holistic approach by combining research both on the impacts of climate change on agriculture and the contribution of agriculture to climate change 
  • Highlights advances in ways of predicting the effects of agriculture and climate change on one another 
  • Builds on this foundation to outline key mitigation strategies to achieve a more ‘climate-smart’ agriculture

What others are saying...

"The challenges ahead for agriculture globally are substantial and growing: feeding an increasingly populous and hungrier world whilst managing increased risks from climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and operating in ways that enhance ecosystem services. The highly experienced editor and authors of this book bring together a comprehensive coverage of these issues and their potential resolution."
Prof Mark Howden, Director - Climate Change Institute, Australian National University; Vice Chair - IPCC Working Group II

Table of contents

Part 1 The impacts of climate change on agriculture
1.The effects on crop cultivation of increased temperature, CO₂ and ozone levels due to climate change: Eline Vanuytrecht, Katholieke University of Leuven, Belgium;
2.The effects of climate change on agricultural soils: Bal Ram Singh, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBO), Norway;
3.Modelling the effects of climate change on agriculture: Myriam Adam, CIRAD, France;

Part 2 The contribution of agriculture to climate change
4.The role of livestock production in contributing to climate change: Julie Wolf, USDA-ARS, USA;
5.The role of crop cultivation in contributing to climate change: Sonali Mcdermid, New York University, USA;
6.The role agricultural expansion, land cover and use change in contributing to climate change: Catherine Scott, University of Leeds, UK;
7.Techniques for measuring and quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural activities: Bruce Osborne, University College Dublin, Ireland;

Part 3 Adaption and mitigation strategies in agriculture
8.Climate-smart crop production strategies: an overview: Katrien Descheemaeker, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
9.The contribution of integrated crop-livestock systems in combatting climate change and improving resilience in agricultural production: Mark van Wijk, ILRI, Costa Rica;
10.Agroforestry as a solution for multiple climate change challenges in Africa: C. Mbow, Future Africa at University of Pretoria, South Africa and Michigan State University, USA; E. Toensmeier, Perennial Agriculture Institute, USA; M. Brandt, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; D. Skole, Michigan State University, USA; M. Dieng, Senegalese Institute of Agricultural Research (ISRA), Senegal; D. Garrity, World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya; and B. Poulter, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA;