Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions

Program Name 

Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions

Department(s) or unit(s)

Cornell Agriculture Experiment Station & Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Contact information

Allison Chatrchyan
Director, Institute for Climate Smart Solutions

Program Goals

  • Serving as an interactive clearinghouse of information about climate change impacts on agriculture for farmers, researchers, decision-makers, and the public.
  • Fostering collaborations and helping to increase funding to address research and outreach related to climate change and agriculture.
  • Helping assess farm-level impacts, knowledge gaps and needs about warming trends and more extreme weather, and developing policy recommendations and decision-tools for farmers and stakeholders.
  • Providing clear, research-based educational tools and outreach about climate change and agriculture to help encourage adoption of climate change adaptation or mitigation measures, through work with the Cornell Cooperative Extension system and other partners.

Brief Description

U.S. Agriculture produces approximately $300 billion a year in commodities, and net farm income will reach $120.6 billion in 2013, according to the USDA. Climate change poses unprecedented challenges to U.S. agriculture because of the sensitivity of agricultural productivity, and the costs of impacts and adaptations to changing climate conditions.

Many agricultural producers and communities are already experiencing first-hand the impacts of climate change – including more extreme storms, longer and more serious periods of drought, and earlier bloom dates – and are making adaptive changes, such as planting different crops at different times, or harvesting later in the season. Farmers need effective tools and networks to learn from each other, adopt effective adaptation measures quickly to manage the effects of climate change, minimize costs, and capitalize on emerging opportunities.

The Institute for Climate Smart Solutions  at Cornell University serves as a focal point to facilitate research, education, and outreach to reduce the agricultural sectors’ collective impact on the climate, and help farmers and communities become more resilient to climate change.

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Category: Adaptation, Agriculture/Farming, Policy, Research

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