Research Papers, Publications and Books

Modelling and Assessment

Modelling Tool // An Alternative to Market-Oriented Energy Models: Nexus Patterns across hierarchical Levels

By Louisa Jane Di Felice, Maddalena Ripa and Mario Giampietro. Energy is entangled with nexus elements, including water, land, emissions and labour. At the science-policy interface, large market-oriented energy models dominate as the tool to inform decision-making. The outputs of these models are used to shape policies, but strongly depend on sets of assumptions that are not available for deliberation and gloss over uncertainties. Taking an approach from complexity, the authors propose an...

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Water-Energy-Food Nexus Literature Review // A Review of Nexus Literature and ongoing Nexus Initiatives for Policymakers

This literature review provides an overview of key Nexus concepts and tools that can be applied in policy and practice. It aims to be a resource for professionals responsible for Nexus relevant decisions either in planning, financing or implementation. It aims to provide an overview of the literature covering the WEF Nexus topic, with a discussion on how the approach can be effectively implemented on the ground. The review also aims to summarise ongoing WEF Nexus initiatives and regional...

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Modelling and Assessment

Interdisciplinary Demand Modelling // Envisioning Surprises: How Social Sciences could help Models represent ‘Deep Uncertainty’ in Future Energy and Water Demand

By Maria Sharmina, Dana Abi Ghanem, Alison L. Browne, Sarah Marie Hall, Josephine Mylan, Saska Petrova, Ruth Wood. This paper explores how future energy and water demand is modelled, using the term modelling to encompass both quantitative and qualitative methods of envisioning future demand, and offers ideas on improving the modelling techniques, as a basis for supporting long-term strategic planning.

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Desalination

Energy-Water Nexus // Viability of Wind Turbine to Desalinate Water for Drinking

By Ngwamah Hyelda Moses. This study aims at assessing the viability of wind energy in Burutu, Nigeria, to desalinate water through reverse osmosis technology. Burutu has been identified with shortage of drinking water as a result of salt water intrusion from the ocean. Four analysis were carried out: First was the estimation of wind speed in m/s at the height of 120m. Second analysis was the calculation of energy generation in kWh. Third analysis was calculation of volume of water in m^3 which...

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Urban Nexus

Urban Nexus Metabolism // Urban Metabolic Analysis of a Food-Water-Energy System for Sustainable Resources Management

By Ming-Che Hu, Chihhao Fan, Tailin Huang, Chi-Fang Wang and Yu-Hui Chen. Urban metabolism analyzes the supply and consumption of nutrition, material, energy, and other resources within cities. Food, water, and energy are critical resources for the human society and have complicated cooperative/competitive influences on each other. The management of interactive resources is essential for supply chain analysis. This research analyzes the food-water-energy system of urban metabolism for...

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Measuring the Water-Energy-Food Nexus // The Case of Latin America and the Caribbean Region

This paper presents an actual overview of the current state of the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus in Latin American and The Caribbean countries. The analysis is divided in terms of water, energy and food production for each country. The proposed WEF Nexus index comprises three key indicators per sector, considering availability, access, and stability of sector’s resources.

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Water-Energy-Food Nexus // Concepts, Questions and Methodologies

This paper provides a state-of-the-art review on the concepts, research questions and methodologies in the field of water-energy-food. It compares definitions, summarizes three main questions in Nexus related research, discusses several modeling approaches and identifies future research challenges.

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Informing Regional Water-Energy-Food Nexus with System Analysis and Interactive Visualization // A Case Study in the Great Ruaha River of Tanzania

In sub-Saharan Africa, water resources are scarce and subject to competing uses – especially for agricultural production, energy generation, and ecosystem services. These water intensive activities in the Usangu plains and the Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania, present a typical case for such water competition at the water-energy-food nexus. This study tries to decipher the coupled human-nature interactions in the Great Ruaha River basin and effectively communicate the results to...

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Quantifying the Sustainability of Water Availability // Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus in the Niger River Basin

Water, food, energy, and the ecosystems they depend on interact with each other in highly complex and interlinked ways. These interdependencies can be traced particularly well in the context of a river basin, which is delineated by hydrological boundaries. Using the example of the Niger River Basin in West Africa, this study assesses the impact of climate and human/anthropogenic changes on the water, energy, food, and ecosystem sectors. It characterizes the resulting trade-offs through a set of...

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Issue N° 49// Network for Cooperation in Integrated Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Issue N° 49 of the Network for Cooperation in Integrated Water Resources Management for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, focuses on water projects in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as their evaluation and planning. Special emphasis is given to the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.

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