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395021 - Understanding and Managing the Food-Energy-Water Nexus – Opportunities for Water Resources Research

Thursday, June 7
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Greenway GH
Co-Authors: Kevin Wallington, Illinois – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Majid Shafiee-Jood, Illinois – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Landon Marston, Kansas – Kansas State University

Studies on the food, energy, and water (FEW) nexus are laying a shared foundation for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and stakeholders to understand and manage linked production, utilization, and security of FEW systems. The FEW nexus paradigm provides water communities specific channels to move forward in interdisciplinary research where integrated water resources management (IWRM) has fallen short. Here, we help water researchers identify, articulate, utilize, and extend our disciplinary strengths within the broader FEW communities, while informing scientists in the food and energy domains about our unique skillset. This paper explores the relevance of existing and ongoing scholarship within the water community, as well as current research needs, for understanding FEW processes and systems and implementing FEW solutions through the development of technologies, infrastructures, and policies. Following the historical efforts in IWRM, hydrologists, water resources engineers, economists, and policy analysts are provided opportunities for interdisciplinary studies among themselves and in collaboration with energy and food communities, united by a common path to achieve common sustainability development goals.

Ximing Cai

Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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