Farming in a Changing Climate: Agricultural Adaptation in Canada


Farming in a Changing Climate: Agricultural Adaptation in Canada Editors: Barry Smit, Ellen Wall, Johanna Wandel Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: University of British Columbia Press Pages: 288 Illustrations and other contents: 42 charts, 9 tables Language: English ISBN: 9780774813938 Categories: , ,

Canadian farming has evolved under the influence of climate andweather – a process that continues with climate change. Infarming systems across the country, effective risk management isnecessary to deal with drought, flooding, and extreme weather, and toadapt to altered climate and weather conditions. Unfortunately, climatechange risks and opportunities are not always well understood amongresearchers and policy makers in the Canadian agri-food sector. Thisbook addresses that gap. Farming in a Changing Climate provides a wide-rangingsynopsis of what climate change means for Canadian agriculture,explores different approaches to the topic, and presents examples ofcurrent research. It covers all agricultural regions and a wide varietyof commodity production and farming systems. Comments from agriculturalproducers and policy makers add a practical component to the book andemphasize the value of the applied research. This comprehensive survey synthesizes twenty years of research onclimate change and Canadian agriculture. The book will be of interestto scholars in environmental studies, geography, and sociology; policyanalysts and policy makers; and representatives of the agri-foodindustry.

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This timely collection will be of interest to scholars, policymakers, and agriculturalists throughout North America and beyond. It offers both a comprehensive collection of recent research on the vulnerability of Canadian farming systems to climate change and a thorough and articulate presentation of the breadth of concepts and methods currently employed in climate change vulnerability assessments. -- Debra Davidson, University of Alberta * Great Plains Research, Vol.18, No.2, Fall 2008 *

Author Biography

Ellen Wall is a research scientist in environmentalsciences; Barry Smit is a professor of geography andCanada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change; andJohanna Wandel is a postdoctoral research associatewith the Department of Geography - all at the University ofGuelph. The authors/editors are also members of the Advisory Committeefor C-CIARN Agriculture (Canadian Climate Impacts and AdaptationResearch Network for Agriculture).