WC-1 Models, Metrics and Data

Models are simplified representations of the real world as well as tools to guide decision-making. Data, both socioeconomic and biophysical, are what we measure occurring in the real world. Matching data to models is crucial if we are to understanding the criticalities of the FEW Nexus and the conditions in which technologies, policies, or management … Read more

WC-10: Managing Nutrients, Water, and Energy for Producing More Food with Low Pollution

Growing more food while conserving water and air resources has been called a “wicked problem” because the interactions among sectors and stakeholders are complex, and there are many stakeholders who stand to win and lose from evolving environmental, economic, energy, and food security policies. Furthermore, while much knowledge and many techniques already exist to advance … Read more

WC-11 Urban Food Systems

This session will explore the nexus though various approaches to urban food systems in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Tallahassee, Florida.Case studies will include; Indoor vertical farming at Tower Garden with a demonstration model in the session; the The Urban Food Hubs concept of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the … Read more

WC-12 Capacity Building through Strategic Partnerships: Leveraging Innovative Tools, Applied Research and Big Data

The most urgent challenges at the water-energy-food nexus disproportionately impact low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Effective strategies to address these challenges must utilize cross-sectoral partnerships and build capacity in LMICs. This session will highlight specific efforts aimed at strengthening LMICs’ capacity to address nexus challenges through partnerships that leverage innovative tools, support applied research activities, … Read more

WC-13 The Institutional Overlay of Food-Energy-Water Systems: Law, Economics and Decision-making Under Uncertainty

The utility of the future is faced with a tension between incentivizing efficiency to reduce water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and raising rates to sustain revenue generation and cover fixed costs. This tension may play out differently in water and power utilities and in public versus investor owned utilities. In the first part of … Read more

WC-14 Innovation in Bioenergy and the Bioeconomy

Development of a vibrant bioeconomy provides a rational, trans-disciplinary approach for addressing the 21st Century Food, Water, and Energy Nexus by focusing on identifying, producing, recycling, converting, and using renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources to produce biofuels, biochemicals, biopower, and a multitude of other bioproducts in an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable manner. World … Read more

WC-15 Data Access and Utilization for Energy Development and Water Conservation

Organizers: Beth Kinne, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hobart & William Smith College Jennifer Considine, Honorary Lecturer and Member of CEPMLP Global Academic Team, University of Dundee, Scotland David Yoxtheimer, EMS Extension Associate, Pennsylvania State University Summary: Unconventional oil and gas development often competes with agriculture and municipalities for water resources. … Read more

WC-16 Future Challenges and Solutions at the Agriculture-Water Nexus Part 2

Food production and biofuels-based energy demand in the face of changing water availability are significant global challenges in the modern society. These manifest uniquely at different scales, from the farm field to global food distribution, and require innovative composite solutions in terms of policy, education, science, and technology.Solutions to water use for food and biofuel … Read more

WC-2 Integrating Food-Energy-Water Systems across Space and Time

Food-Energy-Water Systems are connected both within and among regions as well as across different timescales. Yet as we continue to face increasingly complex problems there is limited acknowledgement of these cross-scalar interactions. As a result, narrowly focused attention on within-region dynamics alone miss critical dynamics of feedbacks that lead to unintended consequences (a.k.a. adverse outcomes). … Read more