publication . Article . 2007

Climate change in the Western Himalayas of India: a study of local perception and response

Neeraj Vedwan; Robert E. Rhoades;
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  • Published: 22 Aug 2007 Journal: Climate Research, volume 19, pages 109-117 (issn: 0936-577X, eissn: 1616-1572, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Inter-Research Science Center
Abstract
This study examines how apple farmers in the western Himalayas of India perceive cli- matic change. This is done by comparing the locally idealized traditional weather cycle with climate change as perceived by the farmers of the region. We use snowfall and rainfall data from 1962-1996 to measure the accuracy of perceptions. Although climate change is usually described by farmers as the temporal displacement of the weather cycle, the changes themselves still are not perceived as altering the idealized weather calendar. Most importantly, perception of climate change is structured by knowledge of crop-climate interaction and by differential apple performance outcom...
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free text keywords: Geography, Climate change, Precipitation, Perception, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Climatology
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