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Farming in a Changing Climate
Agricultural Adaptation in Canada
Ellen Wall   Barry Smit   Johanna Wandel  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 11/14/2007
ISBN: 9780774813938    

$36.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2008
ISBN: 9780774813945    

288 Pages

Sustainability and the Environment series


About the Book

Canadian farming has evolved under the influence of climate and weather -- a process that continues with climate change. In farming systems across the country, effective risk management is necessary to deal with drought, flooding, and extreme weather, and to adapt to altered climate and weather conditions. Unfortunately, climate change risks and opportunities are not always well understood among researchers and policy makers in the Canadian agri-food sector. This book addresses that gap.

Farming in a Changing Climate provides a wide-ranging synopsis of what climate change means for Canadian agriculture, explores different approaches to the topic, and presents examples of current research. It covers all agricultural regions and a wide variety of commodity production and farming systems. Comments from agricultural producers and policy makers add a practical component to the book and emphasize the value of the applied research.

This comprehensive survey synthesizes twenty years of research on climate change and Canadian agriculture. The book will be of interest to scholars in environmental studies, geography, and sociology; policy analysts and policy makers; and representatives of the agri-food industry.

About the Author(s)

Ellen Wall is a research scientist in environmental sciences; Barry Smit is a professor of geography and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change; and Johanna Wandel is a postdoctoral research associate with the Department of Geography -- all at the University of Guelph. The authors/editors are also members of the Advisory Committee for C-CIARN Agriculture (Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network [] for Agriculture).

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Part 1: Research Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation
1 Introduction / Ellen Wall, Barry Smit, and Johanna Wandel
2 Impact-Based Approach / Michael Brklacich, Barry Smit, Ellen Wall, and Johanna Wandel
3 Context-Based Approach / Ellen Wall, Barry Smit, and Johanna Wandel
4 Process-Based Approach / Johanna Wandel, Ellen Wall, and Barry Smit
Part 2: Impact-Based Studies
5 Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture in Eastern Canada / Samuel Gameda, Andrew Bootsma, and Daniel McKenney
6 Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture in the Prairie Region / David Sauchyn
7 Agricultural Water Supply in the Okanagan Basin: Using Climate Change Scenarios to
Inform Dialogue and Planning Processes / Denise Neilsen, Stewart Cohen, Scott Smith, Grace Frank, Walter Koch, Younes Alila, Wendy Merritt, Mark Barton, and Bill Taylor
Part 3: Context-Based Studies
8 Climate Change Adaptation in a Wider Context: Conceptualizing Multiple Risks in
Primary Agriculture / Ben Bradshaw
9 Biophysical and Socio-Economic Stressors for Agriculture in the Canadian Prairies / Henry David Venema
10 Institutional Capacity for Agriculture in the South Saskatchewan River Basin / Harry P. Diaz and David A. Gauthier
11 The Perception of Risk to Agriculture and Climatic Variability in Québec: Implications for Farmer Adaptation to Climatic Variability and Change / Christopher Bryant, Bhawan Singh, and Pierre André
Part 4: Process-Based Studies
12 Comparing Apples and Grapes: Farm-Level Vulnerability to Climate Variability and
Change / Suzanne Belliveau, Ben Bradshaw, and Barry Smit
13 Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Risks in Southwestern Ontario Farming Systems / Susanna Reid, Suzanne Belliveau, Barry Smit, and Wayne Caldwell
14 Community-Based Watershed Management as an Agricultural Adaptation to Climatic
Extremes in the Canadian Prairies / R. Cynthia Neudoerffer and David Waltner-Toews
15 Household Access to Capital and Its Influence on Climate-Related Rural Population
Change: Lessons from the Dust Bowl Years / Robert A. McLeman
Part 5: Conclusions
16 Policy Implications: Panellists’ Comments / Ellen Wall, Barry Smit, and Johanna Wandel
17 Climate Change Adaptation Research and Policy for Canadian Agriculture /
Ellen Wall and Barry Smit


This timely collection will be of interest to scholars, policymakers, and agriculturalists throughout North America and beyond. It offers both a comprehensive collection of recent research on the vulnerability of Canadian farming systems to climate change and a thorough and articulate presentation of the breadth of concepts and methods currently employed in climate change vulnerability assessments.
- Debra Davidson, University of Alberta, Great Plains Research, Vol.18, No.2, Fall 2008

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

Environmental Studies

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