May 6, 2022: Adapting Agriculture to a Changing Climate.
The first lecture in the 2022 series features Dr. Nathan Mueller of Colorado State University and his research group. Dr. Mueller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University. His work explores agricultural sustainability and climate change impacts using spatial data science at regional to global scales. Dr. Mueller is a recipient of the 2020 Global Environmental Change Early Career Award. In this webinar, we will also hear from members of Dr. Mueller's group about their research on adapting agriculture to climate change. The presenters include Dr. Eva Kinnebrew (Postdoc), Eunkyoung Choi (Ph.D. student), Avery Driscoll (Ph.D. student), and Lena Kabeshita (former group member).
Time: 14:00–15:00 EDT
Abstract: Climate change threatens agricultural livelihoods and food security around the world. Yet impacts are determined not only by changes in climate but also by the ways in which agricultural systems respond and adapt. In this presentation, members of the Agricultural Sustainability and Climate Impacts Lab at Colorado State University will share their research on climate risks to agricultural systems and mechanisms of adaptation. We will propose a conceptual model to separate agricultural adaptation into three different modes: in situ adaptation (i.e., changes in on-farm management), system choice and adaptive migration, and changes in infrastructure and support systems. We will provide examples of our research examining climate risks and these different modes of adaptation, including work on hydrologic hazards to rainfed crops, temperature and humidity effects on dairy production, adaptation through crop migration, wildfire risks to agriculture, changes in snowmelt runoff for irrigation, and adaptation-mitigation tradeoffs.