Agriculture under Climate Change

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The Risks Posed by Climate, and How Agriculture Can Adapt

Climate change affects Swiss agriculture too: temperatures are rising, precipitation patterns are changing, and extreme events are on the increase. The KlimAdapt project explores current and expected climate risks, and develops scientific principles for the planning of adaptive measures such as the selection of suitable varieties for plant production.

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The Effect of Climate Change on Mountain Farming

A study conducted by Agroscope researchers has discovered that climate change and air pollution are changing alpine pastures, with these two factors particularly affecting the species composition of the summer grazing areas.

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Climatic Suitability for Plant Production

Crop yield potentials depend on regional biogeoclimatic conditions. Progressing climate change will lead to changes in regional suitability for the cultivation of crops.

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Climate Change Effects on Alpine Meadows

In Switzerland, Alpine meadows can be considered the backbone of traditional livestock farming. At the same time, they can be viewed as the cultural landscapes that are usually associated with Switzerland, both by the local population as well as by foreign visitors.

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Climate Change and Water Use in the Bernese Seeland

Irrigation water demands are likely to increase in the future. However, depending on availability of resources, water use conflicts may arise.

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Impacts of Climate- and Land Use Change on Multifunctionality in the Broye Catchment

When combined with changes in management, climate change causes shifts in agroecosystem functioning, which can either have positive or negative effects on the provision of different ecosystem services.