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.


  • 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

  • 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