A hybrid process based-empirical approach to identify the association between wheat productivity and climate in the North China Plain during the past 50 years

Ruirui Zhu*, Hongxing Zheng, Enli Wang, Anthony J. Jakeman

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    Abstract

    China is anticipated to face reductions in crop yield due to climate change. Combining a process-based agricultural model (APSIM) with a simplified empirical model, we investigate the association between wheat productivity and climate variables in the North China Plain (NCP) over the period 1960–2010. The results show that the spatial distribution of wheat productivity across NCP is negatively related to daily maximum temperature but positively to daily minimum temperature, solar radiation and precipitation. For most parts of the NCP, partial correlation analysis based on the APSIM simulation outputs indicates that the increasing daily minimum temperature could lead to higher productivity but the effects are counteracted by increases in daily maximum temperature. In the drier northern NCP, wheat productivity is largely discounted due to decreases in precipitation, while in the humid southern edge of the NCP, the productivity stimulation effect of warming is offset by dimming.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)72-80
    Number of pages9
    JournalEnvironmental Modelling and Software
    Volume108
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

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