Research challenges in adapting grasslands to climate change

Type Chapter
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImproving grassland and pasture management in temperate agriculture
EditorsAthole Marshall, Rosemary Collins
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherBurleigh Dodds Science Publishing
Chapter15
ISBN (Print)978-1-78676-200-9, 1786762005
DOI
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2018

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NameBurleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science
PublisherBurleigh Dodds
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Abstract

Climate change poses many challenges to European grasslands, from droughts, heat waves and changing precipitation patterns in the south, to warmer winters and wetter summers in the north and increasing frequency of extreme weather events. This chapter reviews the probable impacts of climate change and associated challenges, considering the external context and the adaptiveness of European grassland systems. The chapter includes a number of detailed case studies of climate change impacts and adaptation options from Finland, Italy and Austria. Finally, the chapter considers the challenges and limitations for climate change mitigation in grasslands and priorities for research, providing detailed guidance on further reading on the topic