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Adapting to climate change


Heyhoe, E and Kim, Y and Kokic, P and Levantis, C and Ahammad, H and Schneider, K and Crimp, S and Nelson, R and Flood, N and Carter, J, Adapting to climate change, Australian Commodities, 14, (1) pp. 167-178. ISSN 1321-7844 (2007) [Refereed Article]


» While there is consensus in the global scientific community that some degree of climate change is inevitable, there remain large uncertainties surrounding the likely effects of climate change on the agriculture sector, especially at the regional level. Some models predict an increase in agricultural productivity in Australia, whereas other modelling suggests a substantial fall in productivity in many regions. » Analysis in this paper indicates that some regions in Australia that are highly dependent on agriculture could experience considerable economic losses as a result of climate change. However, adaptation to the impacts of climate change, including improved farming technologies and practices, can reduce the size of these losses. » Farmers will require information to make cost effective adaptation decisions. Government is likely to have a role in providing ongoing research and development to support adaptation, improving information dissemination to farmers, and ensuring appropriate policy settings that encourage adaptation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:agricultural production; climate change; climate effect; farming system; productivity; research and development; Australasia; Australia
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Sustainable agricultural development
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Nelson, R (Associate Professor Rohan Nelson)
ID Code:84763
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-05-30
Last Modified:2013-05-30

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