Reference : How could Mosan agriculture be impacted by climate change and future droughts?
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Life sciences : Environmental sciences & ecology
Life sciences : Agriculture & agronomy
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/117079
How could Mosan agriculture be impacted by climate change and future droughts?
English
Bauwens, Alexandra mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Sciences et technologie de l'environnement > Hydrologie et hydraulique agricole >]
Sohier, Catherine mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Sciences et technologie de l'environnement > Hydrologie et hydraulique agricole >]
Deraedt, Deborah mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Sciences et technologie de l'environnement > Hydrologie et hydraulique agricole >]
Degré, Aurore mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Sciences et technologie de l'environnement > Hydrologie et hydraulique agricole >]
2012
Geophysical Research Abstracts
European Geophysical Society
14
Yes
No
International
1029-7006
1607-7962
Katlenburg-Lindau
Germany
European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2012
du 22 avril 2012 au 27 avril 2012
European Geoscience Union
Vienne
Autriche
[en] Meuse ; agriculture ; climate change
[en] Despite the great uncertainties regarding the future climatic context, lots of studies have focused on hydrological
effects of climate change on the Meuse catchment. It appears that both winter high flows and summer low flows
could be exacerbated. Climate change and its impacts on hydrology will thus affect various socio-economic
sectors. High flows have been widely studied compared to low-flows. This poster will put the emphasis on a
methodology developed in order to study impacts of droughts on agriculture. Agriculture is among the most
impacted sectors due to climate change. The consequences could be both positive as negative in accordance with
the range of predicted changes and the adaptation capacity of agricultural systems.
Most of the existing studies related to climate change on agriculture focused on specific territory. Within the
AMICE Interreg IVB project, a transnational approach has been developed to assess droughts impacts on
agriculture through the Meuse basin. The project’s previous works gave us a common scenario of climate trends
and of the evolution of the hydrology in the Meuse basin.
The methodology is based on the use of a physically-based model able to simulate the water-soil-plant continuum
(derived from EPIC model). In order to be transferable from one country to another, the methodology proposed
used data available at the basin scale. The UE soil data base was complemented with local information on
agricultural practices and statistics. Three crops have been studied: maize, wheat and barley. The basic cultural
calendar is supposed to be the same for the different countries. The methodology developed permits to study
the evolution of yields, leaf area index, crops stress due to excess or lack of water through time under different
scenarios build up in the frame of the project.
It appears that corn is negatively affected by climate change, and thus despite the CO2 fertilization effect. Wheat
and barley have similar behavior and are positively affected by climate change and CO2 fertilization. Leaf
Area Index study reveals that the different crops start earlier and reach earlier maturity. These first results will
be completed with other economic sectors’analysis like drinkable water production, electricity production and
navigation. Therefore, the project will progress towards a better understanding of economic effects of future
droughts and low-flows.
AMICE- Adaptation of the Meuse to the Impact of Climate Evolution
Researchers
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/117079

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