Climate Change and Food Security

Adapting Agriculture to a Warmer World

  • David Lobell
  • Marshall Burke

Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 37)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Lobell, Marshall Burke
      Pages 3-12
    3. Marshall Burke, David Lobell
      Pages 13-30
    4. Claudia Tebaldi, Reto Knutti
      Pages 31-56
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 58-58
    2. Jeffrey W. White, Gerrit Hoogenboom
      Pages 59-83
    3. Elizabeth A. Ainsworth, Justin M. McGrath
      Pages 109-130
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 132-132
    2. Marshall Burke, David Lobell
      Pages 133-153
    3. R. M. Trethowan, M. A. Turner, T. M. Chattha
      Pages 155-174
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 176-176
    2. David Lobell, Marshall Burke
      Pages 177-192
    3. David Lobell, Marshall Burke
      Pages 193-196
    4. Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
      Pages 197-197
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-199

About this book


Roughly a billion people around the world continue to live in state of chronic hunger and food insecurity. Unfortunately, efforts to improve their livelihoods must now unfold in the context of a rapidly changing climate, in which warming temperatures and changing rainfall regimes could threaten the basic productivity of the agricultural systems on which most of the world’s poor directly depend. But whether climate change represents a minor impediment or an existential threat to development is an area of substantial controversy, with different conclusions wrought from different methodologies and based on different data.

This book aims to resolve some of the controversy by exploring and comparing the different methodologies and data that scientists use to understand climate’s effects on food security. In explains the nature of the climate threat, the ways in which crops and farmers might respond, and the potential role for public and private investment to help agriculture adapt to a warmer world. This broader understanding should prove useful to both scientists charged with quantifying climate threats, and policy-makers responsible for crucial decisions about how to respond. The book is especially suitable as a companion to an interdisciplinary undergraduate or graduate level class.

"This book provides a much needed analysis of the interactions between climate change and the food system, with emphasis on how food security is likely to be affected and interventions needed to adapt to a warmer world."

Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Cornell University, New York, USA


Agriculture Climate change Food security Global warming Oxide crop yield crops farmers

Editors and affiliations

  • David Lobell
    • 1
  • Marshall Burke
    • 1
  1. 1.Stanford UniversityUSA

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