67 scientists, extension educators and consumer experts from various disciplines are working collaboratively on this project. As they publish peer-reviewed articles regarding their work on this project, or on related topics, we will provide links to the journals in which they are published. Some are open access--available for the public to read. Other journals require a subscription, but have an abstract available to read.


  • Farney, J. K., C. B. Rensink, W. H. Fick, D. Shoup, and G. A. Miliken. 2017. “Patch Burning on Tall-Grass Native Prairie Does Not Negatively Affect Stocker Performance or Pasture Composition.” The Professional Animal Scientist 33 (5): 549–54. doi:10.15232/pas.2016-01574.

  • Basara, Jeffrey B., and Jordan I. Christian. 2017. “Seasonal and Interannual Variability of Land–atmosphere Coupling across the Southern Great Plains of North America Using the North American Regional Reanalysis.” International Journal of Climatology, July, n/a-n/a. doi:10.1002/joc.5223.

  • Zhou, Y., Xiao, X., Zhang, G., Wagle, P., Bajgain, R., Dong, J., … Otkin, J. A. (2017). Quantifying agricultural drought in tallgrass prairie region in the U.S. Southern Great Plains through analysis of a water-related vegetation index from MODIS images. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 246, 111–122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.06.007

  • Wagle, P., Gowda, P. H., Anapalli, S. S., Reddy, K. N., & Northup, B. K. (2017). Growing season variability in carbon dioxide exchange of irrigated and rainfed soybean in the southern United States. Science of The Total Environment, 593–594, 263–273. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.163

  • Kannan, N., Osei, E., Gallego, O., & Saleh, A. (2017). Estimation of green water footprint of animal feed for beef cattle production in Southern Great Plains. Water Resources and Industry, 17, 11–18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wri.2016.12.002

  • Flanagan, P. X., Basara, J. B., Illston, B. G., & Otkin, J. A. (2017). The Effect of the Dry Line and Convective Initiation on Drought Evolution over Oklahoma during the 2011 Drought [Research article]. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8430743

  • Shreck, A., Ebert, P. J., Bailey, E. A., Jennings, J. S., Casey, K. D., Meyers, B. E., & Cole, N. A. (2017). Effects of energy supplementation on energy losses and nitrogen balance  of steers fed green-chopped wheat pasture I: Calorimetry. Journal of Animal Science, 2133–2143. https://doi.org/10.2527/jas2017.1417

  • Cheng, Y., Sayde, C., Li, Q., Basara, J., Selker, J., Tanner, E., & Gentine, P. (2017). Failure of Taylor’s hypothesis in the atmospheric surface layer and its correction for eddy-covariance measurements. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(9), 2017GL073499. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL073499

  • Zhou, Y., Xiao, X., Wagle, P., Bajgain, R., Mahan, H., Basara, J. B., … Steiner, J. L. (2017). Examining the short-term impacts of diverse management practices on plant phenology and carbon fluxes of Old World bluestems pasture. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 237–238, 60–70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.01.018

  • King, A. E. H., Baker, L., & Tomlinson, P. (2017). Community-Based Grazing Marketing: Barriers and Benefits Related to the Adoption of Best Management Practices in Grazing Systems. Journal of Applied Communication, 101(1), 44–55. http://journalofappliedcommunications.org/images/stories/issues/2017/jac_101_edition_issue_1_article%204.pdf

  • Alexander, J., Fick, W., Lemmon, J., Gatson, G., Preedy, G., & Olson, K. (2017). Effects of Growing-Season Prescribed Burning on Vigor of Sericea Lespedeza in the Kansas Flint Hills: I. Suppression of Seed Production and Canopy Dominance. Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.4148/2378-5977.1335

  • Zhou, S., Zhang, Y., Ciais, P., Xiao, X., Luo, Y., Caylor, K. K., … Wang, G. (2017). Dominant role of plant physiology in trend and variability of gross primary productivity in North America. Scientific Reports, 7, 41366. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep41366

  • Lollato, R. P., Edwards, J. T., & Ochsner, T. E. (2017). Meteorological limits to winter wheat productivity in the U.S. southern Great Plains. Field Crops Research, 203, 212–226. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fcr.2016.12.014

  • Wang, J., Xiao, X., Qin, Y., Dong, J., Geissler, G., Zhang, G., … Doughty, R. B. (2017). Mapping the dynamics of eastern redcedar encroachment into grasslands during 1984–2010 through PALSAR and time series Landsat images. Remote Sensing of Environment, 190, 233–246. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2016.12.025

  • Flanagan, P. X., Basara, J. B., & Xiao, X. (2017). Long-term analysis of the asynchronicity between temperature and precipitation maxima in the United States Great Plains. International Journal of Climatology, n/a-n/a. https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.4966

  • Wagle, P., Xiao, X., Gowda, P., Basara, J., Brunsell, N., Steiner, J., & K.C, A. (2017). Analysis and estimation of tallgrass prairie evapotranspiration in the central United States. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 232, 35–47. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.08.005

  • Zhang, Y., Xiao, X., Guanter, L., Zhou, S., Ciais, P., Joiner, J., … Stocker, B. D. (2016). Precipitation and carbon-water coupling jointly control the interannual variability of global land gross primary production. Scientific Reports, 6, 39748. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep39748

  • Becerra, T., Middendorf, G., Campbell, A., & Tomlinson, P. (2016). Climate Change Challenges for Extension Educators: Technical Capacity and Cultural Attitudes. The Journal of Extension (JOE), 54(6). https://joe.org/joe/2016december/a2.php

  • Kannan, N., Saleh, A., & Osei, E. (2016). Estimation of Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Transportation in Beef Cattle Production. Energies, 9(960). https://doi.org/10.3390/en9110960

  • Qin, Y., Xiao, X., Wang, J., Dong, J., Ewing, K., Hoagland, B., … Loveland, T. R. (2016). Mapping Annual Forest Cover in Sub-Humid and Semi-Arid Regions through Analysis of Landsat and PALSAR Imagery. Remote Sensing, 8(11), 933. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs8110933

  • Wang, J., Xiao, X., Wagle, P., Ma, S., Baldocchi, D., Carrara, A., … Qin, Y. (2016). Canopy and climate controls of gross primary production of Mediterranean-type deciduous and evergreen oak savannas. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 226–227, 132–147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.05.020

  • Zhang, Y., Xiao, X., Jin, C., Dong, J., Zhou, S., Wagle, P., … Moore III, B. (2016). Consistency between sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and gross primary production of vegetation in North America. Remote Sensing of Environment, 183, 154–169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2016.05.015

  • Bajgain, R., Xiao, X., Basara, J., Wagle, P., Zhou, Y., Zhang, Y., & Mahan, H. (2016). Assessing agricultural drought in summer over Oklahoma Mesonet sites using the water-related vegetation index from MODIS. International Journal of Biometeorology, 1–14. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-016-1218-8

  • Wagle, P., Zhang, Y., Jin, C., & Xiao, X. (2016). Comparison of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence, light-use efficiency, and process-based GPP models in maize. Ecological Applications, 26(4), 1211–1222. http://doi.org/10.1890/15-1434

  • Wagle, P., Gowda, P. H., Xiao, X., & KC, A. (2016). Parameterizing ecosystem light use efficiency and water use efficiency to estimate maize gross primary production and evapotranspiration using MODIS EVI. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 222, 87–97. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.03.009

  • Wagle, P., Xiao, X., Kolb, T. E., Law, B. E., Wharton, S., Monson, R. K., … Gowda, P. H. (2016). Differential responses of carbon and water vapor fluxes to climate among evergreen needleleaf forests in the USA. Ecological Processes, 5(1), 8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13717-016-0053-5

  • Amatya, D. M., Irmak, S., Gowda, P. H., Sun, G., Nettles, J. E., & Douglas-Mankin, K. (2016). Ecosystem Evapotranspiration: Challenges in Measurements, Estimates, and Modeling. Transactions of the ASABE, 59(2), 555–560. http://doi.org/10.13031/trans.59.11808

  • Anandhi, A., Steiner, J. L., & Bailey, N. (2016). A system’s approach to assess the exposure of agricultural production to climate change and variability. Climatic Change. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-016-1636-y

  • Anandhi, A. (2016). Growing degree days – Ecosystem indicator for changing diurnal temperatures and their impact on corn growth stages in Kansas. Ecological Indicators, 61, 149–158. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.08.023

  • McCorkle, T. A., Williams, S. S., Pfeiffer, T. A., Basara, J. B., McCorkle, T. A., Williams, S. S., … Basara, J. B. (2016). Atmospheric Contributors to Heavy Rainfall Events in the Arkansas-Red River Basin. Advances in Meteorology, 2016, e4597912. http://doi.org/10.1155/2016/4597912

  • Moorhead, J., Gowda, P., Hobbins, M., Senay, G., Paul, G., Marek, T., & Porter, D. (2015). Accuracy Assessment of NOAA Gridded Daily Reference Evapotranspiration for the Texas High Plains. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 51(5), 1262–1271. http://doi.org/10.1111/1752-1688.12303

  • Wagle, P., Xiao, X., Scott, R. L., Kolb, T. E., Cook, D. R., Brunsell, N., … Bajgain, R. (2015). Biophysical controls on carbon and water vapor fluxes across a grassland climatic gradient in the United States. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 214–215, 293–305. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.08.265

  • Jin, C., Xiao, X., Wagle, P., Griffis, T., Dong, J., Wu, C., … Cook, D. R. (2015). Effects of in-situ and reanalysis climate data on estimation of cropland gross primary production using the Vegetation Photosynthesis Model. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 213, 240–250. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.07.003

  • Bajgain, R., Xiao, X., Wagle, P., Basara, J., & Zhou, Y. (2015). Sensitivity analysis of vegetation indices to drought over two tallgrass prairie sites. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 108, 151–160. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2015.07.004

  • Christian, J., Christian, K., & Basara, J. B. (2015). Drought and Pluvial Dipole Events within the Great Plains of the United States. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 150612105243000.
    http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0002.1

  • Wagle, P., Xiao, X., & Suyker, A. E. (2015). Estimation and analysis of gross primary production of soybean under various management practices and drought conditions. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 99, 70–83. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2014.10.009
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924271614002597


  • Dong, Jinwei, Xiangming Xiao, Pradeep Wagle, Geli Zhang, Yuting Zhou, Cui Jin, Margaret S. Torn, et al. (2015). “Comparison of Four EVI-Based Models for Estimating Gross Primary Production of Maize and Soybean Croplands and Tallgrass Prairie under Severe Drought.” Remote Sensing of Environment 162 (June): 154–68. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.02.022.​http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034425715000814
  • Otkin, J. A., Shafer, M., Svoboda, M., Wardlow, B., Anderson, M. C., Hain, C., & Basara, J. (2014). Facilitating the Use of Drought Early Warning Information through Interactions with Agricultural Stakeholders. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96(7), 1073–1078. http://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00219.1

  • Patrignani, A., Lallato, R. P., Ochsner, T. E., Godsey, C. B., & Edwards, J. T. (2014). Yield Gap and Production Gap of Rainfed Winter Wheat in the Southern Great Plains. Agronomy Journal, 106(4), 1329–1339. doi:10.2134/agronj14.0011
    https://www.agronomy.org/publications/aj/pdfs/106/4/1329

  • Steiner, J. L., Engle, D. M., Xiao, X., Saleh, A., Tomlinson, P., Rice, C. W., … Devlin, D. (2014). Knowledge and tools to enhance resilience of beef grazing systems for sustainable animal protein production. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1328(1), 10–17. doi:10.1111/nyas.12572
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nyas.12572/abstract

  • Wagle, P., Xiao, X., Torn, M. S., Cook, D. R., Matamala, R., Fischer, M. L., … Biradar, C. (2014). Sensitivity of vegetation indices and gross primary production of tallgrass prairie to severe drought. Remote Sensing of Environment, 152, 1–14. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2014.05.010
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034425714001989

  • Wu, G., Fanzo, J., Miller, D. D., Pingali, P., Post, M., Steiner, J. L., & Thalacker-Mercer, A. E. (2014). Production and supply of high-quality food protein for human consumption: sustainability, challenges, and innovations. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1321(1), 1–19. doi:10.1111/nyas.12500
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nyas.12500/abstract;jsessionid=0475117AFFBE990D95710E8619FCE73A.f01t04

  • Basara, J. B., Maybourn,J. N., Peirano, C. M., Tate, J. E., Brown, P. J., Hoey, J. D., and Smith, B. R. (2013). Drought and associated impacts in the Great Plains of the United States—A review. International Journal of Geosciences, 4(6B), 72-81.
    http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?paperID=36204#.VMfPzi7LZ3E

Peer-Reviewed Publications