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Climate Change Impacts on Soil and Water Resources

A great deal of circumstantial events during the past decade or two suggested that the earth’s climate is changing. More importantly, scientific research on climate trends and the Earth’s responses during the past 150 years indicate that change is now occurring much more rapidly than during past historical period. There can be little doubt that during the twentieth century, humans altered the Earth’s climate by emitting huge quantities of green house gases. If we continue on our present course, life on Earth will be extremely altered. The very sustainability of Earth’s life – support system is now in question.

The science of climate predications has improved immensely during the past few decades. New and more refined models, incorporating many of the known feed backs are available. Nevertheless, several important uncertainties in the current numerical models frustrate predication of climate. Chief among these is the prediction of human behavior.

Climate change may affect the global Food security by altering the existing pattern of water availability and agricultural productivity through the following phenomena:

         Increasing precipitation at higher latitude leading to increased winter, spring runoff and flooding in some area.

         Decreasing precipitation and increasing drought frequencies at lower latitude countries.

         Sea level rise and associated salt water intrusion could negatively impact agriculture.

The following regions are affected:

         Low latitude, low – income areas will experience the greatest impacts.

         Arid to semi arid region appears most vulnerable to climate change.

How can agriculture adapt to these changes?

         Technological adaptation, such as improved irrigation practice, demand management approaches, development of non conventional water resources, and technological innovation.

         Agro technical adaptation, such as alternative cropping pattern soil moisture and fertility treatments, …

         Government agricultural policies, such as enhancing agricultural insurance policy, manipulating water allocation policies, …

Authors are invited to present papers related to the all issues of climate change and food security, to participate in this symposium.


Call for Papers

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Key dates:




Submission of comprehensive “summary and conclusions”  (500-600 words)

15 January 2011 (Extended)

Receipt of full text of accepted papers

01 March 2011