Potential for Adaptation to Climate Change in an Agricultural Landscape in the Central Valley of California - Final Report

This case study is intended to build awareness about the urgent need to develop strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change in specific agricultural regions. Using a process that engaged local stakeholders, this report addresses planning issues at both the farm and landscape levels. While this study focused specifically on Yolo County, this approach to assessing mitigation and adaptation potential could be useful elsewhere.

This research addressed adaptation strategies to climate change impacts on agriculture from three different perspectives: (1) a commodity production viewpoint that examines options based on potential productivity, management, and economics; (2) a landscape viewpoint that explores patterns of land use change; and (3) mechanisms to increase the interest and capacity of farmers to respond successfully. The study applied these different planning scenarios while factoring a large number of variables such as climate changes (precipitation, temperature), population growth, land use, agricultural factors (e.g. crop mix), water supply, water allocation, and economic growth. Various potential adaptation responses to climate change by growers are discussed including: changes in crop mix, irrigation methods, fertilization practices, tillage practices, and land management.

Publication Date: August 2009

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • L. E. Jackson
  • F. Santos-Martin
  • A. D. Hollander
  • W. R. Horwath
  • R. E. Howitt
  • J. B. Kramer
  • A. T. O'Geen
  • B. S. Orlove
  • J. W. Six
  • S. K. Sokolow
  • D. A. Sumner
  • T. P. Tomich
  • S. M. Wheeler

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  • Scenario planning

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