Could Global Change Increase Agricultural Production?

March 06, 1998

The Issue

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated in 1995 that a doubling in atmospheric CO2 would stimulate agricultural yield of several major crops by an average of 30 percent. Such an increase would help solve part of the food shortage problems that the world will face. Scientists attending a meeting sponsored by GCTE/LUCC in Barcelona, Spain, on March 14-18, 1998, will re-examine this figure and discuss the consequences of the other aspects of global change on agricultural production.

The SciencePractical Information

Global change impact on agriculture will be discussed on the third day of the conference (March 16) in session 3, and during the poster sessions of March 16 and 17. Eleven oral posters are scheduled during the Poster session of March 17. In addition, two ad hoc meetings dealing with agriculture and global change will be held in March 16 and 17 during lunch time.

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Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems Project (GCTE)

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