El Nino through the 'eyes' of a wheat crop

Potgieter, Andries B. and Hammer, Graeme L. and Meinke, Holger and Stone, Roger C. and Goddard, Lisa (2003) El Nino through the 'eyes' of a wheat crop. In: National Drought Forum 2003: Science for Drought , 15-16 Apr 2003, Brisbane, Australia.


The EI Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon significantly impacts rainfall and ensuing crop yields in many parts of the world, including Australia. Therefore, it is by far the most studied climate phenomenon during the past decade. In this paper we sought to investigate the
spatial impact of the warm phase of ENSO (Le. EI Nino) on Australian shire wheat yields. Simulated shire wheat yields during the 20th century were created using a simple agro-climatic model for all main wheat production shires in Australia. Using traditional multivariate statistical analysis approach we identified three distinct shire wheat
yield patterns during EI Nino years. These wheat yield patterns or 'footprints' differ in their extent and magnitude across the Australian wheat-belt.
Footprint 1 impacted the southern and eastern wheat-growing region of Australia,
Footprint 2 mainly impacted north-eastern wheat producing
shires and
Footprint 3 impacted the entire wheatbelt of Australia. However, further research is necessary to determine global ocean/atmosphere patterns associated with each wheat footprint. Predictability of the likely climatic drivers casual for wheat yield footprint climate pattern differences might lead to improve targeted agricultural climate forecasting systems.

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Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 07:30
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2013 06:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: drought forecasting; meteorology, El Nino; climatic changes; wheat yields; droughts
Fields of Research (2008): 01 Mathematical Sciences > 0104 Statistics > 010406 Stochastic Analysis and Modelling
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040105 Climatology (excl.Climate Change Processes)
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070301 Agro-ecosystem Functionand Prediction
Fields of Research (2020): 49 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES > 4905 Statistics > 490510 Stochastic analysis and modelling
37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3702 Climate change science > 370202 Climatology
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3004 Crop and pasture production > 300402 Agro-ecosystem function and prediction
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7190

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