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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Gregory Lecture 2019 - Beyond Production: A Food System Approach to Climate Change Research Event

Corn field
15:30 - 18:30
7 March 2019
Garden Court University of Southampton Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ

Event details

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig who is a Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the co-located Columbia University Earth Institute’s Center for Climate Systems Research as our keynote speaker at the 2019 Gregory Lecture.

Dr. Rosenzweig's lecture will look at framing the production, delivery, and consumption of food as a system is an important approach to address complex issues related to climate change, land use, food security, and human health. The function of the food system is to deliver food security for all people at all times, with minimal environmental impact. This can be achieved through both supply-side and demand-side climate change interventions. Improving the functioning of the food system can therefore directly contribute to attaining both human and planetary health.

Drivers of and responses to climate change in regard to food production, delivery, and consumption will play an increasingly significant role in ensuring sustainable food security. Many aspects of food security are affected by observed and projected climate changes, including food access, utilization, and price stability. At the same time, food systems are drivers of climate change and mitigation due to their role in greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration, changes in albedo of the land surface, and regional hydrological impacts.

The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) is contributing to the food system approach through global and regional assessments of supply and demand, for example, analyzing the effects of climate change mitigation on food security.

The Geography Gregory Lecture will be proceeded by the Global Challenges Research Fund Showcase. For full details and to sign up please see here.

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