Exploring synergies between mitigation and adaptation in land use and agriculture

Without reducing GHG emissions from agriculture and land use change, ambitious climate mitigation targets are unlikely to be achieved. At the same time, agricultural production has to adapt to changing climate conditions. Large-scale impacts of new production systems on land use emissions as well as resilience to unfavourable future climate conditions will be assessed. Among other options, production of certain types of bioenergy may create important synergies. This will be assessed with a suite of biophysical and agro-economic models. The results will be useful for designing agricultural and energy policies at the interface between climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Hermann Lotze-Campen

Hermann Lotze-Campen is a Co-Chair of PIK Research Domain II "Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities". He has developed the global land use model MAgPIE for assessments of the interplay between climate impacts, global food and bioenergy demand, agricultural land and water use, international trade, and the environment. Hermann studied Agricultural Sciences and Economics at the University of Kiel and the University of Reading (England), where he graduated in 1992 with a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics. For his doctoral studies he stayed in Kiel, at the University of Minnesota (USA) and at Humboldt University Berlin, where he received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 1998. In 1999 Hermann joined the InfoTerra business development team at Astrium, a European space company, where he worked on the commercial potential of satellite remote sensing for agricultural purposes. Since 2001 Hermann is a researcher at PIK.

Dr Brendan Cullen is a Senior Lecturer in grazing systems in the Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences at The University of Melbourne.  His research focusses on assessing the impacts of climate variability and change on the grazing industries of Australia (primarily dairy, sheep and beef), then identifying and evaluating adaptation options.  He is also involved in research to assess greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production and evaluate methods to mitigate these emissions. Brendan has published more than 35 peer reviewed scientific papers.