Case Study on Potential Agricultural Responses to Climate Change in a California Landscape

Louise E. Jackson, Stephen M. Wheeler, Alan D. Hollander, Toby O'Geen, Benjamin S. Orlove, Johan Six, Daniel Sumner, Fernando Santos-Martin, Joel Kramer, William Horwath, Richard E. Howitt, and Thomas Tomich. 2011 Case study on potential agricultural responses to climate change in a California lands

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Louise E. Jackson

University of California, Davis

S. Wheeler

University of California, Davis

Allan Hollander

University of California, Davis

Toby O'Geen

University of California, Davis

Ben Orlove

School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University MC 3323

Johan Six

University of California, Davis

Daniel A. Sumner

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Fernando Santos Martin

University of California, Davis

Joel M. Kramer

University of California, Davis

William R. Horwath

University of California, Davis

Richard E. Howitt

University of California, Davis

Thomas P. Tomich

University of California, Davis: Ag Sustainabilit Inst; Humanity & Community Development; Environmental Science & Policy; SAREP

Date Written: September 26, 2011

Abstract

Agriculture in the Central Valley of California, one of the USA’s main sources of fruits, nuts, and vegetables, is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts in the next 50 years. This interdisciplinary case study in Yolo County shows the urgency f or building adaptation strategies to climate change. Although climate change and the effects of greenhouse gas emissions are complex, many of the county ’s current crops will be less viable in 2050. The study uses a variety of methods to assemble information relevant to Yolo County ’s agriculture, including literature reviews, models, geographic information system analysis, interviews with agency personnel, and a survey of farmers. Potential adaptation and mitigation responses by growers include changes in crop taxa, irrigation methods, fertilization practices, tillage practices, and land use. On a regional basis, planning must consider the vulnerability of agricultural production and the tradeoffs associated with diversified farmlands, drought, flooding of cropland, loss of habitat for wild species of concern, and urbanization.

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Louise E. and Wheeler, Stephen and Hollander, Allan and O'Geen, Toby and Orlove, Ben and Six, Johan and Sumner, Daniel A. and Santos Martin, Fernando and Kramer, Joel M. and Horwath, William R. and Howitt, Richard E. and Tomich, Thomas P., Case Study on Potential Agricultural Responses to Climate Change in a California Landscape (September 26, 2011). Louise E. Jackson, Stephen M. Wheeler, Alan D. Hollander, Toby O'Geen, Benjamin S. Orlove, Johan Six, Daniel Sumner, Fernando Santos-Martin, Joel Kramer, William Horwath, Richard E. Howitt, and Thomas Tomich. 2011 Case study on potential agricultural responses to climate change in a California lands. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2240433

Louise E. Jackson

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
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Stephen Wheeler

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Allan Hollander

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Toby O'Geen

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Ben Orlove (Contact Author)

School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University MC 3323 ( email )

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New York, NY 10027
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+1 (212) 854 1543 (Phone)

Johan Six

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Daniel A. Sumner

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States
530-752-5002 (Phone)
530-752-5614 (Fax)

Fernando Santos Martin

University of California, Davis

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Joel M. Kramer

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

William R. Horwath

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Richard E. Howitt

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Davis, CA 95616
United States
(530) 752-1521 (Phone)

Thomas P. Tomich

University of California, Davis: Ag Sustainabilit Inst; Humanity & Community Development; Environmental Science & Policy; SAREP ( email )

Davis, CA 95616
United States
530-574-2503 (Phone)

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