AquaCrop-OS is a free, open-source version of AquaCrop, a crop water productivity model developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
AquaCrop simulates yield response to water for multiple crop types and environmental conditions, and is designed specifically for regions where water is a critical limiting factor in crop production. AquaCrop is intended for use by both scientists and practitioners, and requires minimal data inputs in comparison with most other crop models.
AquaCrop-OS introduces several new innovative features:
- Support for multiple operating systems (Windows, Macintosh OS X and Linux).
- Capacity to run parallel model simulations to reduce run times of computationally intensive tasks.
- Easy linkage with other models via the Open Modelling Interface to support water policy analysis.
To find out more AquaCrop-OS, check out our new paper in Agricultural Water Management:
T. Foster, N. Brozović, A.P. Butler, C.M.U. Neale, D. Raes, P. Steduto, E. Fereres, T.C. Hsiao (2017) AquaCrop-OS: An open source version of FAO’s crop water productivity model. Agricultural Water Management. 181: 18-22. (Open Access).
Tim Foster is the main developer of the AquaCrop-OS model. Tim is a lecturer in Water-Food Security at the University of Manchester, and a former Research Fellow at the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska
Director of Policy, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, University of Nebraska
Reader in Subsurface Hydrology, Imperial College London
Director of Research, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, University of Nebraska
Professor Emeritus in Irrigation, KU Leuven
Deputy Regional Representative for the Near East & North African Region, FAO
Professor Emeritus of Hydrologic Sciences, University of California, Davis
Professor of Agronomy, University of Cordoba
This work has been supported by funding provided by Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London. We also acknowledge the members of the AquaCrop science group and network for their efforts in the conceptualization, development, calibration, validation, and testing of AquaCrop.
We are grateful to Paul Noel, Neil Palmer (CIAT), and CGIAR for providing the photography shown on the website.
This website was developed by Vineeth Reddy Maryada, Web Developer Intern at Water for Food Institute, under the supervision of Craig Eiting, Web Developer and Graphic Design Specialist at Water for Food Global Institute.