Agricultural Systems Can Adapt but Not Completely

Adaptation is integral to the study of climate change impacts on agriculture. Social scientists have made a significant contribution to the field of climate change impacts by bringing forward this important point (IPCC, 2001; Smith et al., 2003).


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- Production potential low CO2 response

Production potential high CO2 response

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- Area extent potential assuming high CO2 response

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The task now is to integrate the findings and insights of economists, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, and psychologists in providing guidance to decision makers, so as to promote sectoral and international cooperation in minimizing the potential negative impacts and maximizing the opportunities for adjustment to climate change.

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