4. Food security under a changing climate

frontiers of science or adaptation frontiers?

  1. Jean Palutikof3,
  2. Sarah L. Boulter4,
  3. Andrew J. Ash5,
  4. Mark Stafford Smith6,
  5. Martin Parry7,
  6. Marie Waschka8 and
  7. Daniela Guitart9
  1. Mark Howden1,
  2. Rohan A. Nelson2 and
  3. Steven Crimp1

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118529577.ch4

Climate Adaptation Futures

Climate Adaptation Futures

How to Cite

Howden, M., Nelson, R. A. and Crimp, S. (2013) Food security under a changing climate, in Climate Adaptation Futures (eds J. Palutikof, S. L. Boulter, A. J. Ash, M. S. Smith, M. Parry, M. Waschka and D. Guitart), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118529577.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 3

    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia

  2. 4

    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia

  3. 5

    CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, Australia

  4. 6

    CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, Australia

  5. 7

    The Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, UK

  6. 8

    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia

  7. 9

    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, and CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Australia

  2. 2

    Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470674963

Online ISBN: 9781118529577

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Keywords:

  • climate adaptation frontiers;
  • climate change;
  • food security;
  • science-policy decisions

Summary

Effective adaptation of food systems to climate change is likely to become more important over time, requiring progress in both science and in adaptation (actual implementation) by decision-makers along the value chain. This chapter presents an exploratory analysis of the frontiers of science and of adaptation and by so doing it describes how science goals and methods can be altered to better achieve societal outcomes. The analysis suggests that for most of the issues addressed here, there is a mismatch between the science and adaptation frontiers with the science frontier often lagging. The chapter briefly addresses six broadly recognised or emerging challenges in climate change adaptation relating to food security in a preliminary exploration of the difference between what could be termed science frontiers and adaptation frontiers. The preliminary exploration of the science and adaptation frontiers in the chapter paper suggest a range of areas that need attention.