Agriculture plays a prominent role in San Diego, holding significant economic, cultural, ecological, and historic value. As our climate and land-use priorities shift, these agricultural lands are increasingly threatened by the climate impacts of extreme temperatures, more variable precipitation and drought, and wildfire. Despite these challenges, agricultural lands that utilize sustainable and climate-smart practices, hold significant potential to offset our carbon impact.
Sustainable & Climate Smart Practices
Using compost and mulch
trees and shrubs
Opportunities for Climate-Smart Agriculture
in San Diego County
Jasperse, L. (2019). Advancing Climate-Smart Agriculture in San Diego: An Assessment of Regional Opportunities for Carbon Farming. UC San Diego: Climate Science and Policy. Retrieved from
Led by Climate Science Alliance staff, this project integrated fine-scale hydrologic modeling with agricultural application and planned land use to assess the potential benefits of climate-smart agricultural practices in buffering the impacts of climate change. Analyses quantified potential hydrological benefit of these practices, highlighted current opportunities for further implementation, and showcased the importance of conserving agricultural lands in light of climate change and future urban development.