Crop and soil scientists are responsible for the world's food, feed, and fiber supply, and for conserving our soil and water resources. Our goals are to provide the best educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels; conduct innovative basic and applied research programs in the crop, soil, turf, and environmental sciences; and to provide superior service to our clientele.
The purpose of the Department of Crop & Soil Sciences is to:
Most scientists now agree that climate change, i.e., global warming, is occurring at a rate much faster than the normal climatic cycles, due to anthropogenic causes of greenhouse gases. Because global warming is changing the ocean currents and wind patterns, climate is changing world-wide. Some of these changes are beneficial, such as a longer growing season for farmers; however, most are harmful.
Homer, AK, located 125 miles southwest of Anchorage, has a current population of approximately 5,700. Positioned along the shore of Kachemak Bay, Homer has expansive views of glaciers, forests, and mountains. Residents and tourists alike enjoy the strong sense of community found in Homer and the many options for outdoor recreation such as kayaking, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
In 2008, Oxfam GB in Pakistan undertook community-based research to better understand the implications of climate change for communities living in the Badin coastal region of Pakistan. This research was initiated following discussions between programme staff and partners about the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2007 reports, as well as the UNDP Human Development report of the same year. This case study is an analysis of a pilot climate change adaptation project designed by Oxfam GB in response to the research.