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Nova Scotia July 17-21 2011|| |
Plant Canada 2011
What's With The Weather
Senior Climatologist, Environment
Plant Adaptation to Environmental Change
all over are asking: What's happening to the weather? It's
almost as if extreme weather has become the norm - an epidemic
of ferocious, killer, catastrophic weather everywhere. Further,
the seasons seem to be out of whack, certainly not what our
teachers and parents told us it would be like.
Is the global climate going through unprecedented change? Is our
weather becoming more extreme? And, if so, are people
responsible or is it external forces? Or both? Some experts
suggest that we may be witnessing the beginning of a profound
climate change and bad weather may be proof of an overheated,
There is so much we don't know about the Earth's climate system.
But what has become clear is that the planet is warming and the
number of weather-related disasters is on the rise. We can no
longer assume that conditions in the past will apply in the
future. Coping with more variable and uncertain weather will
take more ingenuity and adaptability – something Canadians are
good at. We also should expect more accurate, timely and
credible long-lead weather forecasts.
Climate Change Impacts on Crop Production in
Are We Heading Up or Down?
Dr. Paul Bullock
Department of Soil Science,
Climate change has been cited as a concern for future crop
production but in
there are also some potential benefits. Do the positive impacts
of climate change on crop productivity outweigh the negative
impacts? Are secondary impacts of climate change more important?
Is the weak link in our predictions related to our limited
understanding of the interactions of all these effects? This
presentation will focus on the current state of our knowledge to
help us identify the gaps and better answer these critical
Joint meeting of the CSHS, CSA, CSPP, CWSS, CPS and CBA