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NC3 Webinar: Understanding Climate Adaptation Decisions in the Eastern Corn Belt

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Climate change across the eastern Corn Belt Region (ECBR) is projected to bring higher temperatures, more variable and extreme levels of precipitation, and longer growing seasons. While these possibilities imply opportunity for increased production in the ECBR, managing change sustainably is increasingly challenging. We are engaged in research that will elevate the capacity of decision-makers in the ECBR to adapt to a variable climate. Our approach is to identify how changing seasonal and extreme precipitation patterns induce changes in land use and management patterns driven by heterogeneous farmer adaptations. To assess multiple goals related to agricultural production, conservation, and societal well-being, we are building an integrated set of models of the climate system, regional economy, and agroecological outcomes and use this to evaluate policies and programs by projecting their impacts on the sustainability and resilience of this regional agroecosystem under varying futures. Join us as we discuss the on-going progress of this project. For more information, including project and team descriptions, video overviews, and outcomes, please visit Agroecosystem Resilience Project.

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