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The Food-Energy-Water Nexus


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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 04/2020
Edizione: 1st ed. 2020


Part I   Framing the Nexus

Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1               Structure of the Book

1.2               Why food, energy, and water?

1.3               Systems science

1.4               Integrating systems

1.5               Scientific challenges at the nexus

1.6               Human challenges at the nexus

Chapter 2. Demographics, Supply, Demand and Sustainable Development Goals

1.1               Demographics and geography

1.2               Evolving demands for food, energy, and water

1.3               Geographical variations and their consequences

1.4               Sustainable Development Goals

1.5               The nexus and implementation of the SDGs

Chapter 3. Ecosystems at the Nexus

3.1               Introduction to ecosystem services  

3.2               Valuing ecosystems and ecosystem services

3.3               Relationship to sustainable development goals (SDGs)

3.4               Case study: Erosion and agriculture

Chapter 4. Infrastructure

4.1.              Introduction to Infrastructure Integration

4.2.              Hard and Soft Infrastructures

4.3.              Infrastructure Networks

4.4.              Cascading Failures

4.5.             Case Studies: Energy, Water, Food

Chapter 5. Climate

5.1.             Climate change basics

5.2.             Climate change stress at the nexus: Slow systemic changes, extreme events, cascading effects, climate risks at different scales

5.3.             Climate modelling and the nexus

5.4.             Climate policies vs. nexus policies

5.5.             Climate adaptation strategies

Chapter 6. Economics

6.1.             Introduction

6.2.             Economic aspects of the nexus (demand & supply; rebound effect; non-market valuation)

6.3.             Transferring results

6.4.             Case studies: water

6.5.             Economic influences (general influences; induced innovation, limits; incentives; welfare)

6.6.             Broader items (externalities; income distribution and income inequality; incorporating dynamic concerns; uncertainty and risk aversion; private-public issues; cost-benefit)

6.7.             Conclusions

Part II Scientific Tools at the Nexus

Chapter 7. Questions and Scales

7.1.             Framing the nexus

7.2.             Scale issues

7.3.             Time issues

7.4.             Addressing Risk

7.5.             Addressing human behavior

7.6.             Scientific tools at nexus

7.7.             Challenges and Applications

Chapter 8. Metrics

8.1.             Introduction

8.2.             Metric characteristics

8.3.             Metrics and models

8.4.             Data constraints

8.5.             Computing constraints

8.6.             Methodological frameworks (life cycle assessment; metric scale; metric taxonomy)

8.7.             Case studies: Two Texas river basins; use of metrics to improve drought management

Chapter 9. Data

9.1.             Introduction

9.2.             Data Structure

9.3.             Data quality

9.4.             Metadata

9.5.             Spatial resolution

9.6.             Temporal resolution

9.7.             Process resolution

Chapter 10. Modeling

10.1.          Introduction to modeling

10.2.          Modeling needs at the nexus

10.3.          Challenges for FEWS modeling

10.4.          Some key questions (food-energy; energy-water; water-food; FEWS-climate)

10.5.          Moving forward

Chapter 11. Computing

11.1.          Introduction to Computer Science

11.2.          Computer Science Background

11.3.          Computer science as a tool

11.4.          Challenges and tools

11.5.          Case Studies: Precision agriculture


This will be the first textbook on the integration of food, energy and water systems (FEWS). In recent years, the world has seen a dramatic rise in interdisciplinary energy and environmental courses and degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In the US for instance, the number and variety of such programs has increased significantly over the past decade,  Simultaneously, national and international initiatives that integrate food, energy and water systems have been launched. 

This textbook provides a substantive introduction to the food-energy-water nexus suitable for use in higher level undergraduate and graduate level courses and for scholars moving into the field of nexus studies without a strong background in all three areas and the many aspects of nexus studies.


Peter Saundry is an Adjunct Professor of Energy at Johns Hopkins University and Senior Fellow at the National Council for Science and Environment where he was Executive Director (1993-2016). He is also a consultant on science and policy integration, energy and climate policy development, and federal funding for  energy and climate research and development. His PhD is in Physics from the University of Southern California, and was an American Physical Society Congressional Science Fellow for the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. Senate.

Ben Ruddell is currently a Professor in and the Director of the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University, the President of Ruddell Environmental consulting, Chief Science Officer for Criticality Sciences Inc., and the Director of the FEWSION project. His PhD is in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona (Water Resources practice). His professional goals are the advancement of the science and management of complex systems, and excellence in education in a university setting.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: AESS Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Sciences Series
Dimensioni: 235 x 155 mm Ø 1214 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:34 Illustrations, black and white
Pagine Arabe: 688
Pagine Romane: xvi

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