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Modeling land suitability for Coffea arabica L. in Central America

Modeling land suitability for Coffea arabica L. in Central America

Lara-Estrada, Leonel ORCID: 0000-0002-6562-9497, Rasche, Livia and Schneider, Uwe A. (2017) Modeling land suitability for Coffea arabica L. in Central America. Environmental Modelling & Software, 95. pp. 196-209. ISSN 1364-8152 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.06.028)

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Abstract

Climate data availability plays a key role in development processes of policies, services, and planning in the agricultural sector. However, data at the spatial or temporal resolution required is often lacking, or certain values are missing. In this work, we propose to use a Bayesian network approach to generate data for missing variables. As a case study, we use relative humidity, which is an important indicator of land suitability for coffee production. For the model, we first extracted climate data for the variables precipitation, maximum and minimum air temperature, wind speed, solar radiation and relative humidity from the surface reanalysis dataset Climate Forecast System Reanalysis. We then used machine learning algorithms to define the model structure and parameters from the relationships of the variables found in the dataset. Precipitation, maximum and minimum air temperature, wind speed, and solar radiation are then used as proxy variables to infer missing values for monthly relative humidity and relative humidity for the driest month. For this, we used both complete and incomplete initial data. In both scenarios of data availability, the comparison of estimated and measured values of relative humidity shows a high level of agreement. We conclude that using Bayesian Networks is a practical solution to estimate relative humidity for coffee agricultural planning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Land evaluation for coffee production, farming planning, agricultural planning, Bayesian network models, probabilistic graphical modeling
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 11:31
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26702

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