4. Synthesis of Regional Impacts and Global Agricultural Adjustments

  1. Shyam S. Yadav PhD3,
  2. Robert J. Redden PhD4,
  3. Jerry L. Hatfield PhD5,
  4. Hermann Lotze-Campen PhD6 and
  5. Anthony E. Hall PhD7
  1. Neil C. Turner1 and
  2. Rolf Meyer2

Published Online: 18 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470960929.ch12

Crop Adaptation to Climate Change

Crop Adaptation to Climate Change

How to Cite

Turner, N. C. and Meyer, R. (2011) Synthesis of Regional Impacts and Global Agricultural Adjustments, in Crop Adaptation to Climate Change (eds S. S. Yadav, R. J. Redden, J. L. Hatfield, H. Lotze-Campen and A. E. Hall), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470960929.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Agriculture—Capacity Development, Civilian Technical Assistance Program, General Directorate of Programs, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock, Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan

  2. 4

    Australian Temperate Field Crops Collection, Grains Innovation Park, The Department of Primary Industries, Private Bag 260, Horsham, Victoria 3401, Australia

  3. 5

    USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, 2110 University Blvd., Ames, IA 50011, United States of America

  4. 6

    Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), P.O. Box 601203, 14412 Potsdam, Germany

  5. 7

    Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0124, United States of America

Author Information

  1. 1

    Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean, Agriculture, M080, and UWA Institute of Agriculture, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia

  2. 2

    Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 23 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813820163

Online ISBN: 9780470960929



  • Climate change;
  • Inter- and intra-regional diversity;
  • Hot spells;
  • Dry spells;
  • Crop acclimation;
  • Crop adaptation;
  • Water management


The last five decades have seen a gradual warming trend throughout the world, while precipitation has increased in some regions and decreased in others. Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Models predict that this current warming trend will continue throughout the present century, the final degree of warming depending on the rate of socio-economic development and mitigation activities worldwide. This chapter summarises and generalises the regional impacts of climate change on agricultural production reviewed in the previous chapter and highlights both inter-regional and intra-regional variations in temperature and precipitation changes in the past and over the coming century. The chapter summarises the likely impact of climate change on crop production across the regions and the interventions, both breeding and management, required to assist farmers cope with both the slow and steady changes in mean temperature and rainfall, and the extreme events also predicted to increase in frequency and intensity.