EGU2020-5244, updated on 12 Jun 2020
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Capability of maize water use efficiency estimation at field scale using Sentinel-2 data

Zonghan Ma1,2, Bingfang Wu1,2, Nana Yan1, and Weiwei Zhu1
Zonghan Ma et al.
  • 1Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • 2College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Water use efficiency (WUE) is defined as the ratio between gross primary production (GPP) and evapotranspiration (ET) at ecosystem scale, which can help understand the mechanism between water consumption and crop production in guiding field water management. Water consumption control is important in precision agriculture development. Mapping WUE at field scale using remote sensing data could provide crop water use status at high resolution and acquire the WUE spatial distribution. In this study we proposed a method to estimate field-scale maize WUE with Sentienl-2 data. The GPP of maize is estimated by a light use efficiency model with RS observed albedo, sunshine radiation, fraction of photosynthetically active radiation (fpar) fitted using in site observation. Maize ET is modelled using FAO-PM model with crop coefficient simulated using vegetation indexes acquired from Sentinel-2 bands. We compared the GPP, ET and final WUE estimation with eddy covariance (EC) observations in a maize field of North China Plain where water scarcity is a main limit factor of crop development. Comparation results show a high correlation between in site observation and modelled results. Combining the phenology development of maize, the temporal characteristics of maize WUE change is associated with phenology. WUE was low after sowing, then increased during Elongation stage. Maize WUE peaked at Heading and Grouting period and decreased in Maturation stage. Our WUE estimation method with high resolution could guide adopting various irrigation strategies based on different WUE conditions at field scale. This research could help shed light on the future WUE development under climate change background and improve our knowledge of precise water management.

How to cite: Ma, Z., Wu, B., Yan, N., and Zhu, W.: Capability of maize water use efficiency estimation at field scale using Sentinel-2 data, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-5244,, 2020


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