Climate and the Canadian Prairies (Agricultural Land Use)

Project Partners: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

This study helps to further our understanding of the role agricultural land use plays in modifying our local climate in light of global climate change
— Samuel K. Kaharabata, Ph.D., Climate Risk Scientist
 

The Challenge

While changing climate is creating challenges for the agriculture industry, there are significant opportunities to increase Canada’s role as a secure and preferred global supplier of agricultural products and services.

The Solution

Tesera, collaborating with researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, has shown that regional scale changes in agricultural land use in the Canadian Prairies can modify regional climate and its variability. Certain agriculture land use management practices may help to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Result

Our work led to a scientific paper entitled Determining the Influence of Agricultural Land Use on Climate Variables for the Canadian Prairies, published by the International Journal of Climatology (2014).