Determining phenological development stages, leaf area index, chlorophyll content,
photosynthetic light curves,radiation interception by the canopy, leaf gas exchange,
organ and canopy temperature, soil physical properties, soil moisture, soil temperature,
Nmin, weather station measurements(air temperature and humidity, precipitation,
wind, irradiation)above-ground biomass, yield and yield components; introduction to
operational crop growth modelling, parameterization, calibrationand validation of the
The students learn how to use information obtained by measurements and observations
to parameterize, calibrate and validate crop growth simulation models. Students learn
to perform phenological observations and measurements of relevant plant growth
processes at organ, plant and canopy level. In addition, measurements of agro-climatic
variables at (automated weather) stations and of soil characteristics are introduced.
Detailed knowledge ofmajor plant growth and soil physical processes and yield
determining factors, basic knowledge about crop growth modelling, processes
considered in widely appliedmodels and methods for model parameterization and
The exam will be bi-lingual (German+English). The protocols can be prepared in either
German or English.