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Basin Management // Basin Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus

By Richard Lawford, Janos Bogardi, Sina Marx, Sharad Jain, Claudia Pahl Wostl, Kathrin Knüppe, Claudia Ringler, Felino Lansigan and Francisco Meza. This article summarizes some major factors that influence the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Security Nexus and how they are perceived in different basins. These findings are based on a survey that was undertaken for the Global Catchment Initiative (GCI) within the Global Water System Project (GWSP) complemented by case studies for a transboundary basin (the Lake Winnipeg Basin), a national basin (Yellow Basin in China), and a number of the basins in a nation (India).

The analysis also includes ranking of river basin issues related to the WEF Nexus based on the views of experts in nine basins. Based on this analysis, factors that have affected the evolution of the W–E–F Nexus, including the applications of Earth observations, are discussed. The study concludes that the W–E–F Nexus could be an effective vehicle for advancing water and sustainability issues and recommends research and demonstration projects to test the extent to which the WEF framework could be helpful in increasing understanding and collaborative governance approaches.


ScienceDirect website


December 2013


Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 6, December 2013, Pages 607-616

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Water Utilities // Smart Solution to Improve Water-Energy Nexus for Water Supply Systems

By Jorge Helmbrechta, Jordi Pastorb and Carolina Moyac. The Water-Energy Nexus is considered as one of the most important multidisciplinary challenges that the global growing water market has to face in the forthcoming years. The current trend of water transmission system to the creation of DMAs (District Metered Areas) offers great possibilities of non-structural solutions that use existing data and transform them into useful information to support decision making. This paper presents a smart...

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Machine learning for Energy-Water Nexus // Challenges and Opportunities

By Syed Mohammed Arshad Zaidi, Varun Chandola, Melissa R. Allen, Jibonananda Sanyal, Robert N. Stewart, Budhendra L. Bhaduri, and Ryan A. McManamay. Modeling the interactions of water and energy systems is important to the enforcement of infrastructure security and system sustainability. To this end, recent technological advancement has allowed the production of large volumes of data associated with functioning of these sectors. We are beginning to see that statistical and machine learning...

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The Challenges of Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production // From Unilocal to Comparative Research

By David Simon, Henrietta Palmer, Jan Riise, Warren Smit and Sandra Valencia. The implementation of the WEF Nexus approach calls for transdisciplinary and comparative knowledge production and research. This reflective paper surveys the lessons learnt and challenges faced by the Mistra Urban Futures (MUF) research centre and its research platforms in Sweden, the UK, South Africa and Kenya in developing and deploying different forms of transdisciplinary co-production of knowledge. Considerable...

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