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Climate Change, Water Scarcity, and Adaptation in the U.S. Fieldcrop Sector

by Elizabeth Marshall, Marcel Aillery, Scott Malcolm, and Ryan Williams

Economic Research Report No. (ERR-201) 119 pp, November 2015

Cover image for ERR-201 Despite increased temperatures and much regional variation in production response, U.S. irrigated fieldcrop acreage and water used for irrigation are projected to decline with long-term climate change. Driving the decline in water use are changes in crop growth due to temperature stress, changes in growing-season precipitation, and shifts in surface-water supply availability.

Keywords: Climate change, adaptation, agriculture, irrigation, water resources, Regional Environment and Agriculture Programming (REAP) model, regional crop production

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Last updated: Wednesday, March 02, 2016

For more information contact: Elizabeth Marshall, Marcel Aillery, Scott Malcolm, and Ryan Williams