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The impact of climate change on cropland productivity: evidence from satellite based products at the river basin scale in Africa


  • Elodie Blanc
  • Eric Strobl



We investigate the effect of climate change on crop productivity in Africa using satellite derived data on land use and net primary productivity (NPP) at a small river basin scale, distinguishing between the impact of local and upper-catchment weather. Regression results show that both of these are determining factors of local cropland productivity. These estimates are then combined with climate change predictions obtained from two general circulation models (GCMs) under two greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) assumptions to evaluate the impact of climate change by 2100. For some scenarios significant decreases are predicted over the northern and southern parts of Africa. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

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  • Elodie Blanc & Eric Strobl, 2013. "The impact of climate change on cropland productivity: evidence from satellite based products at the river basin scale in Africa," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 117(4), pages 873-890, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:climat:v:117:y:2013:i:4:p:873-890
    DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0604-4

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    1. Elodie Blanc & Eric Strobl, 2014. "Is Small Better? A Comparison of the Effect of Large and Small Dams on Cropland Productivity in South Africa," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 28(3), pages 545-576.
    2. repec:gta:jnlgea:v:2:y:2017:i:2:p:112-127 is not listed on IDEAS

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