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Title: Climate change, diversified agriculture and adaptive capacity in Hawaii

item STEELE, CAITI - New Mexico State University
item Elias, Emile
item Rango, Albert
item Havstad, Kris

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/15/2015
Publication Date: 3/24/2015
Citation: Steele, C., Elias, E.H., Rango, A., Havstad, K.M. 2015. Climate change, diversified agriculture and adaptive capacity in Hawaii. [abstract]. NOAA National Weather Service 13th Annual Climate Predictions Workshop, March 24-26, 2015, Las Cruces, NM.

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Technical Abstract: Export-oriented sugar cane and pineapple plantation agriculture once dominated Hawaii's economy but over the latter half of the 20th Century, there was a rapid decline in the production of these crops as Hawaii's competitive advantage over foreign producers dwindled. The decline of the plantations corresponds with the rise in more diversified agricultural activities which emphasize food production for local consumption. This diversification is key to maximizing the adaptive capacity of Hawaii's agriculture within a changing climate. In the context of the increasing temperatures and uncertain water availability projected for the 21st century, we present the expected exposures, sensitivity and adaptive capacity of economically and culturally important field and tree crops.