Water, Climate Change, and California Agriculture

Howitt, Richard

from ARE Update Vol. 18, No. 1, Sep/Oct, 2014 : Special Issue - Climate Change: Challenges to California's Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Climate change may modify the current California water supply system. Analysis of a 2050 climate change scenario shows that despite reductions in irrigated area and net water use, California agriculture can continue to grow in revenue value and employment.


California drought, agricultural water supply, reduction in water deliveries, water shortages, crop yields, crop revenues, global warming


Howitt, Richard. 2014. "Water, Climate Change, and California Agriculture." ARE Update 18(1): 13-15. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.