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Farming in a Changing Climate

Agricultural Adaptation in Canada

In farming systems across Canada, effective risk management is necessary to deal with drought, flooding, and extreme weather, and to adapt to altered climate and weather conditions. Unfortunately, climate change risks and opportunities are not always well understood among researchers and policy makers in the Canadian agri-food sector. This book addresses that gap by providing a wide-ranging synopsis of what climate change means for Canadian agriculture, exploring different approaches to the topic, and presenting examples of current research. It covers all agricultural regions and a wide variety of commodity production and farming systems. This comprehensive survey synthesizes twenty years of research on climate change and Canadian agriculture.

288 pages

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Part 1: Research Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation

1 Introduction / Ellen Wall, Barry Smit, and Johanna Wandel

2 Impact-Based Approach / Michael Brklacich, Barry Smit, Ellen Wall, and Johanna Wandel

3 Context-Based Approach / Ellen Wall, Barry Smit, and Johanna Wandel

4 Process-Based Approach / Johanna Wandel, Ellen Wall, and Barry Smit

Part 2: Impact-Based Studies

5 Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture in Eastern Canada / Samuel Gameda, Andrew Bootsma, and Daniel McKenney

6 Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture in the Prairie Region / David Sauchyn

7 Agricultural Water Supply in the Okanagan Basin: Using Climate Change Scenarios to Inform Dialogue and Planning Processes / Denise Neilsen, Stewart Cohen, Scott Smith, Grace Frank, Walter Koch, Younes Alila, Wendy Merritt, Mark Barton, and Bill Taylor

Part 3: Context-Based Studies

8 Climate Change Adaptation in a Wider Context: Conceptualizing Multiple Risks in
Primary Agriculture / Ben Bradshaw

9 Biophysical and Socio-Economic Stressors for Agriculture in the Canadian Prairies / Henry David Venema

10 Institutional Capacity for Agriculture in the South Saskatchewan River Basin / Harry P. Diaz and David A. Gauthier

11 The Perception of Risk to Agriculture and Climatic Variability in Québec: Implications for Farmer Adaptation to Climatic Variability and Change / Christopher Bryant, Bhawan Singh, and Pierre André

Part 4: Process-Based Studies

12 Comparing Apples and Grapes: Farm-Level Vulnerability to Climate V

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