Crop models capture the impacts of climate variability on corn yield

Dev Niyogi, Xing Liu, Jeff Andresen, Yang Song, Atul K. Jain, Olivia Kellner, Eugene S. Takle, Otto C. Doering

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We investigate the ability of three different crop models of varying complexity for capturing El Niño-Southern Oscillation-based climate variability impacts on the U.S. Corn Belt (1981-2010). Results indicate that crop models, irrespective of their complexity, are able to capture the impacts of climate variability on yield. Multiple-model ensemble analysis provides best results. There was no significant difference between using on-site and gridded meteorological data sets to drive the models. These results highlight the ability of using simpler crop models and gridded regional data sets for crop-climate assessments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3356-3363
Number of pages8
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 16 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • climate information
  • crop models
  • ENSO
  • U.S. Corn Belt
  • useful to useable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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