Vulnerability and adaptation of European farmers: a multi-level analysis of yield and income responses to climate variability

Vulnerability and adaptation of European farmers: a multi-level analysis of yield and income... Climate change will affect crop yields and consequently farmers’ income. The underlying relationships are not well understood, particularly the importance of crop management and related factors at the farm and regional level. We analyze the impacts of trends and variability in climatic conditions from 1990 to 2003 on trends and variability in yields of five crops and farmers’ income at farm type and regional level in Europe considering farm characteristics and other factors. While Mediterranean regions are often characterized as most vulnerable to climate change, our data suggest effective adaptation to variable and changing conditions in these regions largely attributable to the characteristic farm types in these regions. We conclude that for projections of climate change impacts on agriculture, farm characteristics influencing management and adaptation should be considered, as they largely influence the potential impacts. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Regional Environmenal Change Springer Journals

Vulnerability and adaptation of European farmers: a multi-level analysis of yield and income responses to climate variability

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 by The Author(s)
Subject
Environment; Climate Change; Climate Change/Climate Change Impacts; Oceanography; Geography, general; Regional/Spatial Science; Nature Conservation
ISSN
1436-3798
eISSN
1436-378X
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10113-008-0059-3
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Abstract

Climate change will affect crop yields and consequently farmers’ income. The underlying relationships are not well understood, particularly the importance of crop management and related factors at the farm and regional level. We analyze the impacts of trends and variability in climatic conditions from 1990 to 2003 on trends and variability in yields of five crops and farmers’ income at farm type and regional level in Europe considering farm characteristics and other factors. While Mediterranean regions are often characterized as most vulnerable to climate change, our data suggest effective adaptation to variable and changing conditions in these regions largely attributable to the characteristic farm types in these regions. We conclude that for projections of climate change impacts on agriculture, farm characteristics influencing management and adaptation should be considered, as they largely influence the potential impacts.

Journal

Regional Environmenal ChangeSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 9, 2008

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    Chen, CC; McCarl, BA; Schimmelpfennig, DE

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