Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

Agrometeorology is the study of weather and use of weather and climate information to enhance or expand agricultural crops and animal production.

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Additional Reading

What is Climate change?

Climate change, also called global warming, describes the rise in surface temperatures on Earth. An overwhelming scientific consensus asserts that climate change is due mostly to the individual use of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The gases trap heat inside the atmosphere, which may have a range of impacts including droughts that leave landscapes more susceptible to wildfires, rising sea levels, and severe weather changes.

Which are the causes of climate change?

The primary source of climate change is the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, which releases greenhouse gases to the atmosphere–chiefly carbon dioxide. Other activities, such as deforestation and agriculture contribute to the proliferation of greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

Some quantities of these gases are a naturally occurring and critical part of Earth’s temperature control system, the atmospheric concentration of Carbon dioxide did not rise above 300 parts per million between the advent of human civilization roughly 10,000 years ago and 1900. Today it is at about 400 ppm, a level not reached in more than 400,000 years.

What are the effects of climate change?

Even small increases in Earth’s temperature caused by climate change can have severe effects. The earth’s average temperature has gone up 1.4° F over the past century and is expected to rise as much as 11.5° F over the next. That might not seem like a lot, but the average temperature during the last Ice Age was about 4º F lower than it is today.

Rising sea levels due to the melting of the polar ice caps (again, caused by climate change) contribute to greater storm damage; warming ocean temperatures are associated with stronger and more frequent storms; additional rainfall, particularly during severe weather events, leads to flooding and other damage; an increase in the incidence and severity of wildfires threatens habitats, homes, and lives; and heat waves contribute to human deaths and other consequences.

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