Agriculture: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change
Congress mandated periodic assessments of global change research and the implications of global change for the United States when the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) was authorized by the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990.
Agriculture: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change was part of the U.S. National Assessment process, the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Climate Change, published by Cambridge University Press (National Assessment Synthesis Team, 2000, 2001). In addition to summarizing scientific understanding about the potential consequences for the agriculture sector, the report provided input for the two-part national level report entitled Climate Change Impacts on the United States, which aimed at evaluating the impacts of climate change and climate variability on the United States, across its various regions and including sectors beyond agriculture. The U.S. National Assessment was undertaken as a joint activity of the federal government with academic institutions, local governments, and public and private groups to understand the implications of climate change and climate variability for the nation.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided the principal source of funding through the Global Change Program Office, Office of the Chief Economist. The U.S. Department of Energy provided substantial funding for the participation of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Farm Foundation and the Economic Research Service co-sponsored the initial stakeholder meeting. The report is available here.