Date of Award

Winter 10-26-2020

Semester of Degree


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Forest and Natural Resources Management


Forest and Natural Resources Management

Major Professor

Colin Beier

Steering Committee Member

Prof. Giorgos E. Mountrakis

Steering Committee Member

Prof. Stephen V. Stehman


Climate change is already affecting food security in West Africa, posing a serious threat to the agriculture--which is mainly rain-dependent. Crop models can help investigate climate-crop relationships in order to better assist farmers. In this study, we implemented AquaCrop at a landscape level to examine the impact of climate change on maize, millet and rice. First, we simulated historical yields and second we simulated future yields--of maize, millet, and rice. Results indicate that: (1) AquaCrop model performed well in few cases and poorly in others, and (2) future yield might likely vary, considering the scenarios used. Further steps are required to improve the model configuration for reliable model forecast.