There is considerable uncertainty regarding the effects of climate change on rangelands, not only because of uncertainty in future climate projections but also because of limitations to current knowledge of some of the key interactions between climatic, atmospheric and biological variables.
Philip Thornton, an ILRI and CCAFS scientist, contributed a chapter to Grasslands and Climate Change, the latest volume of the Ecological Reviews series. It explains the impacts of climate change on open grasslands used for livestock grazing.
Read the report: Thornton P, Herrero M, Boone RB. 2019. Altered grazing systems: pastoralism to conventional agriculture. In: Gibson DJ, Newman JA. Grasslands and Climate Change. Cambridge University Press: 257-275.