Research Papers, Publications and Books

Virtual Water

Publication // Structure Dynamics and Risk Assessment of Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A Water Footprint Approach

By Zhang, P., Xu, Z., Fan, W., Ren, J., Liu, R., & Dong, X. (2019). This article looks at the water footprint of the WEF-Nexus in several arid areas, with an aim to identify special risk factors. This is an edited excerpt of the original article, which can be accessed below.

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Governance

Publication // Sustainable development and the water-energy-food nexus: Legal challenges and emerging solutions

By Olawuyi, D. (2020). This paper delves into the various legal and institutional barriers and challenges the Water-Energy-Food Nexus faces on its way toward a broader implementation worldwide. This is an exercpt of the original article.

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Publication // Grow Solar, Save Water, Double Farmer Income

By The World Bank Group (2020). This extensive report from Rajasthan, India, sheds light on the state of the local water-energy-agriculture Nexus and possible improvements a buildup of solar irrigation capacity in the state could deliver. This is an exerpt of the original article, which can be accessed below.

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Modelling and Assessment

Publication // Hydrologic and Agricultural Earth Observations and Modeling for the Water-Food Nexus

By McNally, A., McCartney, S., Ruane, A. C., Mladenova, I. E., Whitcraft, A. K., Becker-Reshef, I., Bolten, J. D., Peters-Lidard, Christa D., Rosenzweig, C. & Schollaert Uz, S. (2019). Earth observations can provide a great aid in strengthening the water, energy and food security Nexus. This article describes various examples in the field, such as crop monitoring and water stress assessments offering insights into the advantages of the approach. This is an exerpt of the original article, which...

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Governance

Publication // Prominent Influence of Socioeconomic and Governance Factors on the Food‐Energy‐Water Nexus in sub‐Saharan Africa

By Ding, K. J., Gunda, T., & Hornberger, G. M. (2019). This article implements an analytical framework to evaluate three sectors in the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) field, namely resources, services and health outcomes. This is done by using data from several Sub-Saharan countries. This is an excerpt from the original article, which can be accessed below.

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Ecosystems / WEFE Nexus

Publication // Land degradation neutrality for water security and combating drought

This is an excerpt of a paper originally published by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It gives an insight into the global problem of water scarcity and the possible solutions offered by the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) approach, displaying a variety of measures and examples from implementation across countries.

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Capacity Building

Publication // Developing leaders to tackle wicked problems at the nexus of food, energy, and water systems

By Wade, A. A., Grant, A., Karasaki, S., Smoak, R., Cwiertny, D., Wilcox, A. C., Yung, L., Sleeper, K. & Anandhi, A. (2020). This paper is focused on the necessity to educate and the skills neeeded by future water, energy and food Nexus scholars to successfully implement and distribute their knowledge gained. This is an excerpt of the original article, that appeared on elementascience.org.

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Climate Change

Publication // Climate change and the water–energy–food nexus: insights from policy and practice in Tanzania

By Pardoe, J., Conway, D., Namaganda, E., Vincent, K., Dougill, A. J., & Kashaigili, J. J. (2018). This article looks at lessons learnt in a case study in Tanzania, where policies in the water, energy and food sectors were investigated with respect to the rapidly emerging threats posed by climate change. This is a brief excerpt of the complete paper, which can be acccessed below.

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Modelling and Assessment

Publication // Systems thinking on the resource nexus: Modeling and visualisation tools to identify critical interlinkages for resilient and sustainable societies and institutions

By Laspidou, C. S., Mellios, N. K., Spyropoulou, A. E., Kofinas, D. T., & Papadopoulou, M. P. (2020). This paper shows up the development of a system-dynamics model of the water-energy-food-climate nexus in Greece. The model aims to reveal strong resource interlinkages and Nexus hotspots by implementation of illustrative chord plots. The work described in this paper has been conducted within the project SIM4NEXUS (https://www.sim4nexus.eu/).

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SDGs

Article // Tackling agricultural water pollution - a 21st-century challenge

This article was originially published by Rural21 (rural21.com), an international journal for rural development, and has been re-published here with their friendly permission. It delves into the problem of agricultural water pollution and its related costs, which are rising dramatically in regions all over the world.

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