WARM 1 is a Windows desktop application providing users with a powerful environment for rice simulations.
The application implement the version 1 of WARM (Water Accounting Rice Model) model (Confalonieri et al., 2009a,b), simulating rice growth and development, paddy soil hydrology, blast disease, floodwater effect on vertical thermal profile (Confalonieri et al., 2005), cold-induced spikelet sterility.

When released (2006), WARM 1 was the first cropping system simulation environment making available - via a very friendly graphical user ineterface - advanced tools for sensitivity analysis (7 methods available) and automatic calibration (standard and genetic simplex) in a completely integrated way (Confalonieri et al., 2010a,b). The application also allows the assimilation of exogenous leaf area index data.

WARM 1 (last version 1.9.6; August 9, 2007) is not supported anymore and the component for sensitivity analysis does not work on 64-bit machines. However, it still offers functionalities not available in most of the applications implementing cropping system models, and represents the most friendly tool for someone approaching rice simulation, Monte Carlo based sensitivity analysis and automatic calibration.

Product Manager: Roberto Confalonieri
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European Commission, Joint Research Centre, AGRI4CAST
CRA - Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura (Italy)
CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)

2016 - Ecological Modelling, 328, 72-77
Quantifying uncertainty in crop model predictions due to the uncertainty in the observations used for calibration.
Confalonieri, R., Bregaglio, S., Acutis, M.

2012 - Ecological Modelling, 225, 159-166
Quantifying plasticity in simulation models.
Confalonieri, R., Bregaglio, S., Acutis, M.

2010 - Environmental Modelling & Software, 25, 479-488
Sensitivity analysis of the rice model WARM in Europe: exploring the effects of different locations, climates and methods of analysis on model sensitivity to crop parameters.
Confalonieri, R., Bellocchi, G., Tarantola, S., Acutis, M., Donatelli, M., Genovese, G.

2010 - Ecological Modelling, 221, 960-964
A proposal of an indicator for quantifying model robustness based on the relationship between variability of errors and of explored conditions.
Confalonieri, R., Bregaglio, S., Acutis, M.

2010 - Ecological Modelling, 221, 1897-1906
Comparison of sensitivity analysis techniques: a case study with the rice model WARM.
Confalonieri, R., Bellocchi, G., Bregaglio, S., Donatelli, M., Acutis, M.

2009 - Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 29, 463-474
An improved model to simulate rice yield.
Confalonieri, R., Rosenmund, A.S., Baruth, B.

2009 - Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research, 7, 680-686
Evaluation of parameterization strategies for rice modelling.
Confalonieri, R., Bellocchi, G., Boschetti, M., Acutis, M.

2009 - Ecological Modelling, 220, 1395-1410
Multi-metric evaluation of the models WARM, CropSyst, and WOFOST for rice.
Confalonieri, R., Acutis, M., Bellocchi, G., Donatelli, M.

The World Bank
European Commission Joint Research Centre

European Commission Joint Research Centre AGRI4CAST
CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Hellenic Agricultural Organization "DEMETER"
University of Nigeria
University of Manchester