EESS Spring Seminar Series - David Lobell, Assistant Professor, EESS, Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institue for International Studies, Stanford University
EESS Spring Seminar Series - David Lobell, Assistant Professor, EESS, Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford, "What works for climate adaptation?: Testing and targeting strategies in crop development", Abstract: Food security depends on food prices, household incomes, and disease burdens. Increased heat associated with global warming has the potential to influence all of these factors. After outlining these issues, the talk will focus on one particular activity - the development of new crop varieties - which is both important for food security and may need to change course because of warming. First, I will review recent developments in our understanding of why heat hurts yields. Second, I will review evidence on whether crop yields are becoming more or less sensitive to heat. Finally, I will discuss what both of these lines of evidence imply for adaptation efforts in crop development.