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Regional climate change mitigation with crops: context and assessment

Singarayer, J. S. and Davies-Barnard, T. (2012) Regional climate change mitigation with crops: context and assessment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 370 (1974). pp. 4301-4316. ISSN 1471-2962

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2012.0010


The intention of this review is to place crop albedo biogeoengineering in the wider picture of climate manipulation. Crop biogeoengineering is considered within the context of the long-term modification of the land surface for agriculture over several thousand years. Biogeoengineering is also critiqued in relation to other geoengineering schemes in terms of mitigation power and adherence to social principles for geoengineering. Although its impact is small and regional, crop biogeoengineering could be a useful and inexpensive component of an ensemble of geoengineering schemes to provide temperature mitigation. The method should not detrimentally affect food security and there may even be positive impacts on crop productivity, although more laboratory and field research is required in this area to understand the underlying mechanisms.

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Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
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Publisher:Royal Society Publishing

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