Articles | Volume 19, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 19, 2187–2209, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2187-2022
Biogeosciences, 19, 2187–2209, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2187-2022
Research article
22 Apr 2022
Research article | 22 Apr 2022

A Bayesian sequential updating approach to predict phenology of silage maize

Michelle Viswanathan et al.

Data sets

Regional climate change observational data FOR 1695 T. K. D. Weber, J. Ingwersen, P. Högy, A. Poyda, H. D. Wizemann, M. S. Demyan, K. Bohm, R. Eshonkulov, S. Gayler, P. Kremer, Y. F. Nkwain, C. Troost, I. Witte, G. Cadisch, T. Müller, A. Fangmeier, V. Wullmeyer, and T. Streck https://doi.org/10.20387/bonares-a0qc-46jc

Model code and software

Expert-N version 5.12 C. Klein, F. Heinlein, X. Duan, S. Gayler, and P. Priesack, P. https://expert-n.uni-hohenheim.de/fileadmin/einrichtungen/expert-n/Precompiled/expertn5.12.zip

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We analysed the evolution of model parameter uncertainty and prediction error as we updated parameters of a maize phenology model based on yearly observations, by sequentially applying Bayesian calibration. Although parameter uncertainty was reduced, prediction quality deteriorated when calibration and prediction data were from different maize ripening groups or temperature conditions. The study highlights that Bayesian methods should account for model limitations and inherent data structures.
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