Building Climate Resilience

Subscribe to our free E-Newsletter, "Agri-News" (formerly RTW This Week)Agri-News
This Week

A focus group report about how farmers and ranchers have responded to the impacts of changing climates in Alberta was prepared to help to identify adaptation strategies that have been effective in Alberta conditions. These include monitoring current conditions, plans to manage drought and excess moisture as well as adaptation projects.

Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change

In 2005, Agriculture and Forestry initiated one of Alberta’s first studies to learn whether farmers and ranchers were concerned about recent global climate patterns and more extreme weather events. Fifty-three farmers and ranchers with a cross-section of agricultural interests were asked to describe how they have dealt with the risks and opportunities from changing climates and what they intend as longer term strategies. The Agriculture Adaptation to Climate Change in Alberta: Focus Group Results outlines strategies that farmers and ranchers can use to bounce back from changes in Alberta’s climate.

  • Changing Climates in Alberta gives an overview or results of studies of past, present and possible future conditions.
  • Agricultural Adaptation Strategies outlines principles to help farmers bounce back from impacts of variable climates.
  • The Alberta Climate Information Service provides up-to-date weather and climate data from over 350 meteorological stations in Alberta. Maps to help with long-term planning and decision-making throughout the growing season are also available.
  • The Drought and Excess Moisture Risk Management Plan describes how Preparedness, Monitoring and Reporting, and Response can be applied in a range of moisture conditions based on recent experience in Alberta.
  • A report on the South Saskatchewan River Basin Adaptation to Climate Variability Project
    describes how existing data, capacity and knowledge of water users and decision makers were applied to improve understanding and explore how to manage for the range of potential impacts of climate variability throughout the SSRB’s river systems.
  • A changing climate, is the cattle industry prepared? is a webinar prepared by Dr. Kim Ominski, University of Manitoba.
  • Drought Management Strategies for Cattle Producers. Updates by the Canadian Beef Cattle Research Council.
    Share via
    For more information about the content of this document, contact Sheilah Nolan.
    This document is maintained by Laura Thygesen.
    This information published to the web on January 9, 2017.
    Last Reviewed/Revised on August 24, 2018.