Division of Global Climate Change

The Division of Global Climate Change researches and applies methods that make agricultural and natural resource systems adaptable to such dramatic climate events as droughts, floods, and temperature extremes. Priorities include development of plant and animal breeds that are less vulnerable to climate change, increased removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, development of climate-change adaptation methods for agriculture and forests, implementation of sustainable practices for natural resources consumption, and improved energy and water conservation.


  • Implement methods to make farms, rangelands, and forests more adaptable to climate change Reduce the impact of climate change on environmental elements such as air and water
  • Mitigate the effects of climate change on ecosystem functions
  • Build land grant institutions’ capacity for research and extension activities on climate change
  • Support sustainable agricultural practices for water use