Soil health is fundamental to the productivity and sustainability of agricultural practices. As such, considerations of potential climate change-related impacts that may cause a shift in the UK’s growing regions whilst affecting common practices are of great importance. Characteristics such as soil chemistry, erosion, saturation and regeneration could all be affected by climate change.
Water availability is of similar concern, particularly with crop production being concentrated in the south and east of the country and hotter, drier growing seasons forecast as a result of climate change. Furthermore, predicted sea-level rise and the saline contamination of groundwater resources are also threats to coastal agricultural land.