A, Realfagbygget, TORSDAG 7. JUNI kl. 15.00
University of Washington
Climate Change and Global Food Production
Humans are changing the Earth's environment. By the middle of
this century, increasing greenhouse gases due to burning of
fossil fuel will cause the average temperature in the tropics
and subtropics to exceed that experienced throughout human
history. In this talk, I will summarize the knowable -- and
perhaps inescapable -- consequences for global food production.
The greatest losses in grain production will be in developing
countries, where today one billion people are malnourished and
depend greatly on agriculture for income and food security.
Significant losses will also be experienced in some of the
world's bread baskets -- the US, Europe, Russia and China.
the speaker: David Battisti is The Tamaki Endowed
Chair of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.
His research is focused on understanding how the interactions
between the ocean, atmosphere, land and sea ice lead to
variability in climate on time scales from seasonal to decades.
His previous research includes coastal oceanography, the physics
of the El Nino/Southern Osciallation (ENSO) phenomenon,
midlatitude atmosphere/ocean variability and variability in the
coupled atmosphere/sea ice system in the Arctic. Battisti is
presently working to improve the El Nino models and their
forecast skill, to understand the mechanisms responsible for the
drought cycles in the Sahel, and to better understand the
monsoons. He is also working on the impacts of climate
variability and climate change on food production in Mexico,
Indonesia and China. Battisti has an adjunct position at the
Geophysical Institute, UiB.