Crop Production Modelling
Crop models are essential tools for supporting adaptation of agriculture to climate change and water scarcity. Our work develops advanced crop simulation models to estimate the impacts of management and environmental factors on crop yields, water use productivity, and farm profits. Our group has recently led the development of AquaCrop-OS, a new open-source crop-water model created in collaboration with the U.N. FAO that currently has over 1000 users in more than 80 countries worldwide. We are currently applying AquaCrop-OS and other crop models as part of several on-going research projects, including the: (i) development of weather index-based crop insurance schemes to protect farmers in India against yield losses and financial risks caused by extreme weather, (ii) design and assessment of model-based decision support tools for precision irrigation water and energy use management in collaboration with agribusiness industrial partners.
Foster, T., N. Brozovic, A. P. Butler, C. M. U. Neale, D. Raes, P. Steduto, E. Fereres, and T. C. Hsiao. (2017) AquaCrop-OS: An open source version of FAO's crop water productivity model. Agricultural Water Management 181, 18-22.
Hufkens, K., Melaas, E. K., Mann, M. L., Foster, T., Ceballos, F., Robles, M., & Kramer, B. (2019). Monitoring crop phenology using a smartphone based near-surface remote sensing approach. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 265, 327-337.