NASA and High-Performance Computing Reveal Climate Impacts on Global Crops in the Next Ten Years
NASA scientists recently published a study exploring the climate impacts on global agriculture scenarios. According to the high greenhouse gas emissions scenario from the report, by 2030 climate change may have a quantifiable impact on the production of maize (corn) and wheat. Global agriculture is facing a new climate reality. And with the interconnectedness of the global food system, impacts in even one region’s breadbasket will be felt worldwide. The NASA scientists also highlight in the study that these projections and subsequent scenarios are based on a new generation of climate and crop models.
According to the report, “Climate impacts on global agriculture emerge earlier in a new generation of climate and crop models.” The changes in crop yields will be caused by:
- Projected increases in temperature.
- Shifts in rainfall patterns; and
- Elevated surface carbon dioxide concentrations from human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
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