The Huang-Hai Plain is one of the most productive agricultural regions of China and its future will be determined in large part by global climatic changes. In a recent study, JGCRI scientists used an agricultural simulation model to test possible changes in agricultural management under scenarios of climate change. They found that crop yields may increase under the higher temperature and precipitation that is projected under climate change in this region. In addition, the study found that these lands have potential to contribute to climate change mitigation by adopting conservation management practices that would increase the carbon stored in the soils. This figure illustrates the changes in soil carbon under conventional (CT) and alternative (NT) management practices. A recent paper describing these findings is available from the journal web site or by contacting the authors.
Thomson et al., 2006. Climate change impacts on agriculture and soil carbon sequestration potential in the Huang-Hai Plain of China. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, Vol. 114; Issue 2-4; pp. 195-209.