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Heidi Webber

Senior Scientist

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Phone: +49 (0)228 73 6849
Office: 2.003

Research profile

I am interested in identifying management strategies to build the climate resilience of cropping systems in the face of high temperatures and drought. To do so, I try to improve current crop growth models so they better account for the interaction between temperature and soil water stress for different levels of management intensity. I am also interested in how to account for the diversity of crop management found in smallholder systems when crop simulation models are applied at larger scales. Such information would enable analysis of the impacts of cropping system adaptations simultaneously on regional production and household food security.


Current projects


PhD Agricultural Engineering, McGill University

BScA Agricultural Engineering, McGill University

BSc Physics, Acadia University


Select publications

Webber, H., T. Gaiser, R. Oomen, E. Teixeira, G. Zhao, D. Wallach, A. Zimmermann, F. Ewert, 2016. Uncertainty in future irrigation water demand and risk of crop failure for maize in Europe. Environmental Research Letters 11, 074007.DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/11/7/074007.

Webber, H., J.W. White, B.A. Kimball, F. Ewert, S. Asseng, E.E. Rezaei, P.J. Pinter Jr., J.L. Hatfield, M.P. Reynolds, B. Ababei, M. Bindi, J. Doltra, R. Ferrise, H. Kage, B.T. Kassie, K.-C. Kersebaum, A.Luig, J.E. Olesen, M.A. Semenov, P. Stratonovitch, A.M. Ratjen, R.L. LaMorte, S. W. Leavitt, D.J. Hunsaker, G.W. Wall, P. Matre, 2018. Physical robustness of canopy temperature models  for crop heat stress simulation across environments and production conditions. Field Crops Research 216, 75-88.

Webber H, Zhao G, Wolf J, Britz W, De Vries W, Gaiser T, Hoffmann H, Ewert F., 2015. Climate change impacts on European crop yields: do we need to consider nitrogen limitation? Eur J Agronom 71, 123–134. DOI:10.1016/j.eja.2015.09.002.

Ewert, F., Rötter, R., Bindi, M., Webber, H., Trnka, M., Kersebaum, K., Olesen, J.E., van Ittersum, M., Janssen, S., Rivington, M., Semenov, M., Wallach, D., Porter, J., Stewart, D., Verhagen, J., Gaiser, T., Palosuo, T., Tao, F., Nendel, C., Roggero, P., Bartošová, L., Asseng, S., 2015. Crop modelling for integrated assessment of climate change risk to food production. Environmental Modelling & Software 72, 287-303. DOI:10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.12.003.

Webber, H., Gaiser, T., Ewert, F., 2014. What role can crop models play in supporting climate change adaptation decisions to enhance food security in Sub-Saharan Africa? Agricultural Systems 127, 161-177. DOI:10.1016/j.agsy.2013.12.006


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Heidi Webber