Impact model: PEGASUS

PEGASUS is one of the 14 models following the ISIMIP2a protocol which form the base of simulations for the ISIMIP2a agricultural sector outputs; for a full technical description of the ISIMIP2a Simulation Data from Agricultural Sector, see this DOI link:

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Basic information
Model Version: V1.1
Model output license: CC BY 4.0
Output Data
Experiments: historical
Climate Drivers: WATCH (WFD), WATCH-WFDEI
Date: 2016-02-11
Spatial Aggregation: regular grid
Spatial Resolution: 0.5°x0.5°
Temporal Resolution Of Input Data: Climate Variables: Daily
Temporal Resolution Of Input Data: Co2: Annual
Temporal Resolution Of Input Data: Land Use/Land Cover: Annual
Temporal Resolution Of Input Data: Soil: Constant
Input data sets used
Observed Atmospheric Climate Data Sets Used: WATCH (WFD), WATCH-WFDEI
Climate Variables: tasmax, tas, rlds, rsds, pr
Additional Input Data Sets: GGCMI harmonized planting, maturity and fertlizer dataset.
Was A Spin-Up Performed?: Yes
Spin-Up Design: 4-years based on 1971
Management & Adaptation Measures
Management: Prescribed planting window; fully irrigation assumes water is available to reduce water stress; fix fertiliser inputs from Ag-GRID harmonised dataset
Extreme Events & Disturbances
Key Challenges: PEGASUS simulates crop responses to extreme temperature events occuring around anthesis
Key input and Management
Crops: mai, whe(s), soy
Land Cover: potential suitable cropland area according to climatic conditions, current harvested areas (Monfreda et al., 2008)
Planting Date Decision: Simulate planting dates according to climatic conditions or fixed planting dates (Sacks et al., 2010)
Planting Density: planting density=0.95
Crop Cultivars: Simulate crop Growing Degree Days (GDDs) requirement according to estimated annual GDDs from daily temperature; Number of cultivars
Fertilizer Application: NPK (national stat. IFA) Annual application
Irrigation: no restriction on actual water availability, irrigated water applied when water stress, limited water availability, MIRCA 2000: crop specific irrigated area (Portmann et al., 2010)
Initial Soil Water: 4 year spin up
Key model processes
Leaf Area Development: Dynamic simulation based on development and growth processes
Light Interception: Simple approach
Light Utilization: Simple (descriptive) Radiation use efficiency approach
Yield Formation: partitioning during reproductive stages
Crop Phenology: temperature (heat unit index)
Root Distribution Over Depth: no roots-just soil depth zone
Stresses Involved: Water stress, Nitrogen stress, heat stress
Type Of Water Stress: ratio of supply to demand of water
Type Of Heat Stress: vegetative, number of grain (pod) set during the flowering period
Water Dynamics: soil water capacity approach with 2 soil layers
Evapo-Transpiration: Priestley -Taylor
Co2 Effects: Radiation use efficiency, Transpiration efficiency
Methods for model calibration and validation
Parameters, Number And Description: 1: light-use efficiency factor (beta factor)
Calibrated Values: Specific for each crop
Output Variable And Dataset For Calibration Validation: Yield (M3 yield data - gridded dataset of crop specific yields and harvested areas for the year 2000 (Monfreda et al., 2008))
Spatial Scale Of Calibration/Validation: Calibration at gridcell level (0.5º resolution)/validation at national level
Temporal Scale Of Calibration/Validation: Average for 1997-2004
Criteria For Evaluation (Validation): Wilmott
Output Data
Experiments: historical, rcp26, rcp45, rcp60, rcp85
Climate Drivers: GCM atmospheric climate data (Fast Track)
Date: 2013-12-17