Using observed warming to identify hazards to Mozambique maize production

Fact Sheet 2011-3110
Famine Early Warning Systems Network—Informing Climate Change Adaptation Series
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New Perspectives on Crop Yield Constraints because of Climate Change. Climate change impact assessments usually focus on changes to precipitation because most global food production is from rainfed cropping systems; however, other aspects of climate change may affect crop growth and potential yields.A recent (2011) study by the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Climate Hazards Group, determined that climate change may be affecting Mozambique's primary food crop in a usually overlooked, but potentially significant way (Harrison and others, 2011). The study focused on the direct relation between maize crop development and growing season temperature. It determined that warming during the past three decades in Mozambique may be causing more frequent crop stress and yield reductions in that country's maize crop, independent of any changes occurring in rainfall. This report summarizes the findings and conclusions of that study.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Using observed warming to identify hazards to Mozambique maize production
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2011-3110
DOI 10.3133/fs20113110
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 4 p.
First page 1
Last page 4
Country Mozambique
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