Some of the overall impacts of climate change for BC agriculture have been identified as follows: http://www.bcagclimateaction.ca/overview/why-adaptation/
- More frequent occurrence and severity of summer drought; water shortages in more regions. Hotter and drier summers.
- Decreased snowfall in alpine areas leading to reduced snowpack and to water shortages
- Increased precipitation (frequently through more extreme events) and subsequent vulnerability to flooding, erosion, nutrient loss. Wetter and milder winters.
- More frequent and intense “extreme” weather events (wind-storms, forest fires, hail, droughts and floods)
- Increase in growing degree days (heat units) and a longer frost free season. Hotter summers with milder winters.
- Potential for broader range of viable crops in some regions. Milder winters.
- Increase in pest and disease pressure due to winter survival of pests.
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