Resources

Research Papers, Publications and Books

Towards Bridging the Water Gap in Texas // A Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach

By: Bassel Daher, Sang-Hyun Lee, Vishakha Kaushik, John Blake, Mohammad H.Askariyeh, Hamid Shafiezadeh, Sonia Zamaripa, Rabi H. Mohtar. The 2017 Texas Water Development Board's State Water Plan predicts a 41% gap between water demand and existing supply by 2070. This reflects an overall projection, but the challenge will affect various regions of the state differently.

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

The Water‐Energy Nexus of Hydraulic Fracturing // A Global Hydrologic Analysis for Shale Oil and Gas Extraction

By: Lorenzo Rosa, Maria Cristina Rulli, Kyle Frankel Davis and Paolo D'Odorico. The authors present a global analysis of the impact of shale oil and gas extraction on water resources, particularly on irrigated crop production. Using a water balance analysis, they find that large areas underlain by shale deposits are either already affected by water stress or would become water stressed in the event that local water resources were to be used for shale oil or gas extraction.

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Videos

Video // The Alberta Water Nexus: Energy, Food, and People

Most of your daily decisions influence the demand for water. The interconnected system of food, energy, and people relies on the water in our basin. The amount of water is limited, so all the players in this system must cooperate to share our water resources.

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Modelling and Assessment

Modelling // Quantifying and Mapping of Water-related Ecosystem Services for Enhancing the Security of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus in Tropical Data–sparse Catchment

By Mesfin Sahle, Osamu Saito, Christine Fürst and Kumelachew Yeshitela. The food-water-energy nexus concept helps to produce an integrative solutions to secure the water-related ecosystem services sustainably. This study aims to quantify and map water provisioning and soil erosion regulating services from both demand and supply sides in a spatially explicit manner. It considers the Wabe River catchment of the Omo-Gibe Basin in tropical data-sparse region of East Africa as a case study and uses...

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Resource

Free Online edX Course // Sustainable Development: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Securing the supply of water, energy, and food is one of the greatest global challenges of our time. Learn all about sustainable development and global changes in this free online course.

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Policy Papers

WEF Nexus in the United Arab Emirates // Opportunities for Dutch Cooperation

The WEF Nexus has risen on the national agenda as the UAE looks to secure its future and support ongoing development. The UAE and Dutch government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2017 for collaboration on the Nexus. The main ambition for the MoU is to encourage greater dialogue, awareness and engagement, between the Netherlands Government, Dutch companies and the UAE on the Nexus. This may be achieved through technology transfer, expertise, research and development, joint ventures,...

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Study // Solarising Groundwater Irrigation in India: A Growing Debate

By Nitin Bassi. India’s carbon footprint in agriculture is on the rise. Heavy subsidies for electricity and diesel to pump groundwater for irrigated agriculture increase carbon emissions. Researchers and practitioners have suggested to promote solar pumps for well irrigation. In this way agricultural growth can be made carbon-neutral and groundwater use in farming more sustainable.

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Videos

World Bank Video // Thirsty Energy Initiative: Water-Smart Energy for a Sustainable Future

Energy and water demands go hand in hand – By 2035, energy consumption will increase by 35%, which will increase water consumption by 85%. When there are risks on finite water resources, there are also risks on energy supplies. To quench the thirst of energy, we need to make energy water-smart.

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Urban Nexus

RESNexus Project // Resilience and Vulnerability at the Urban Nexus

This project is investigating resilience and vulnerability at the urban nexus of food, water, energy and the environment. Dubbed ResNexus for short, the project team, which includes partners at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and University of São Paulo in Brazil will examine how vulnerabilities within urban communities are constructed by through trade-offs and aggravations at the food, water and environment nexus, in three mid-sized highly-dynamic cities in East Africa (Kampala),...

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Waste treatment

A New Waste and Energy Nexus? // Rethinking the Modernisation of Waste Services in Delhi

By Rémi de Bercegol and Shankare Gowda. One important aspect of sustainability involves the flows of materials and energy, extracted, consumed, transformed and disposed of in the functioning of urban societies, which makes it directly linked to the ‘nested’ character of infrastructure that this special issue of Urban Studies on ‘urban nexus’ is keen to address. In particular, the question of urban waste, a sector previously neglected in the field of urban policy, has slowly become a major issue...

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