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The report of a workshop held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

There is widespread consensus that the global temperature is likely to increase by about 1° C during the next 35 years as a result of enhanced retention of the Earth's reradiation by "greenhouse" gases (IPCC 1990). The anticipated rate of global warming will exceed all known climate changes during human history and during the development of all human socio-economic systems, including agriculture. These changes in climate will have unprecedented impact on natural and managed ecosystems.

As a result of concern about soil warming caused by anticipated global climate change, the National Science Foundation sponsored a two-day workshop in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in late September 1991. The workshop identified the scientific questions that must be answered and the critical research that is needed to improve our understanding of the effect of warming on soil processes. This report is a summary of the results of the workshop and emphasizes the recommen­dations of the participants in an effort to guide the development of a comprehensive research program among national and international funding agencies interested in global change research.




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