Land & Vegetation

Crops and climate change: Wheat ripens in a California field
July 25, 2014
The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global yields of corn and wheat because of warming temperatures.
Water: too much, too little - Image shows effects of major drought on plants across U.S. on June 24, 2011
April 10, 2014
Climate change will reduce water availability during dry seasons and increase it during wet seasons around the globe, new research suggests. It also finds there will be large regional variations in water-related impacts.
Early snowmelt risk: Photo of daffodils amid late-winter snow in West Virginia
March 21, 2014
In recent years, spring snow has vanished even more quickly than computer models and climate scientists had expected, posing a research challenge and a potentially serious risk for water supplies.
Mountain pine beetle damage near Grand Lake, Colorado
April 15, 2013
Forests across western North America have been ravaged by the most extensive bark beetle attacks on record. Scientists are getting a better handle on what comes next—and the answers aren’t as straightforward as they expected.
Connecting agriculture & climate: Agricultural engineer Kenneth Sudduth examines samples of grain collected by a combine
February 19, 2013
Farmers and other stakeholders are hungry for guidance on how crops may fare as the nation’s climate evolves over the coming decades. This year’s National Climate Assessment includes new findings on agriculture and climate change that draw from collaborations between NCAR and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Illustration comparing total global water to much tinier total freshwater
August 13, 2012
Until supplies approach a trickle—or a torrent—public attention seldom focuses on water issues. But water is consistently Topic A for a wide-ranging group of researchers.

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