Dr. Ariel Ortiz-Bobea - How Climate Change Is Affecting US Agricultural Productivity

Stephen K. Boss, professor of environmental dynamics and sustainability in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, launched the Coastlines & People (CoPe) Virtual Symposium Project on September 14, 2022. Boss presented “Far-Field Effects of Sea-Level Rise and Ocean-Climate Processes on the Heartland: An Overview.” This project was cosponsored by the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in Fulbright College.

The twelfth presentation entitled "How Climate Change Is Affecting US Agricultural Productivity" was delivered on March 23, 2023, by Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, associate professor in applied economics and policy at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and at the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University.

How sensitive is US agriculture to extreme weather? Has this sensitivity to extreme conditions changed over time? Do we have clues of what underlying changes in US agriculture may be affecting its ability to cope with such extremes? How is climate change already affecting global agricultural productivity more broadly? Do we know how recent (and projected) changes in climate are affecting US agriculture more specifically? This talk will seek to provide answers to these questions based on recent and ongoing research from our research group.

Ortiz-Bobea conducts research on the impacts of climate change on the economy, particularly on agriculture. He serves on the editorial board of various top field journals and is a member of USDA's National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) board. Prior to Cornell, Ortiz-Bobea worked as a Fellow at Resource for the Future in Washington, DC, and as special assistant to the Minister of the Environment of the Dominican Republic. He obtained a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013.

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