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Models and Tools

Achieving development outcomes that support the sustainable use of energy, water and food resources requires the consideration of multidimensional perspectives. To facilitate this process, many models, tools and methodologies have been developed to characterize energy-water-food nexus impacts, opportunities and tradeoffs. The outputs of these models and tools can serve as a foundation for analysis and dialogue that supports the interests and best outcomes achievable for the energy, water and food sectors.

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Concrete Thermal Energy Storage for Linear Fresnel Collectors: Exploiting the South Mediterranean’s Solar Potential for Agri-food Processes

This case study examines the possibility of generating, by a solar industrial process heating plant, the thermal energy required annually…

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Energy Conversion and Management

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15 June 2018

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Energy Modelling and the Nexus Concept

Ignoring synergies and trade-offs between energy and natural flows can generate misleading modelling outcomes. Several modelling tools are available to…

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Energy Strategy Reviews

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31 October 2017

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Examining Urban Inequality and Vulnerability to Enhance Resilience: Insights from Mumbai, India

This paper applies a livelihoods framework to characterize urban households by the resources or assets that comprise their livelihoods. It…

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Climatic Change

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12 October 2016

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Identifying Critical Supply Chains and Final Products: An Input-output Approach to Exploring the Energy-Water-Food Nexus

The authors of this paper take the United Kingdom as a case study and calculate energy, water and food consumption-based…

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Applied Energy

Date:

15 January 2018

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IRENA Southeast Asia Case Studies 2018

This document describes several programs in the renewable energy sector, including the Biogas Programme for the Animal Husbandry Sector in…

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International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

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Linking the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Sustainable Development Indicators for the Mediterranean Region

Water use and agricultural practices in the Mediterranean area are unsustainable, and they are being worsened by the increased frequency…

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Ecological Indicators

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27 April 2018

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Opportunities For Knowledge Co-Production Across The Energy-Food-Water Nexus: Making Interdisciplinary Approaches Work For Better Climate Decision Making

The relationship between the energy-food-water nexus and the climate is non-linear, multi-sectoral and time sensitive, incorporating aspects of complexity and…

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Environmental Science & Policy

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1 September 2017

Tools and Websites

Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Interactive Index

The Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Interactive Index tool is a to help users visualize the relationship among the three key resources…

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RAND Cooperation

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Pathways to Improved Water Security - Reflections

The author’s approach in this publication is through a high-level reflection that explores the most pressing water challenges and highlights…

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Aquatic Procedia

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Productive Use of Energy: Pathway to Development? Reviewing the Outcomes and Impacts of Small-scale Energy Projects in the Global South

This study analyses the results of an impact evaluation of 30 small-scale energy development projects to better understand whether and…

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Wuppertal Institute for Climate

Environment and Energy

Date:

1 July 2018

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Quantifying the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Current status and trends

Water-energy-food (WEF) interconnection quantifications encounter methodological hurdles. In addition, existing calculation results are scattered across a wide collection of studies…

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Energies

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22 September 2015

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Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy and Food Nexus

This report analyses the key opportunities that renewable energy offers, specifically to address the key challenges posed by the water,…

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International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Date:

1 January 2015

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The Potential Impact of Brexit on the Energy, Water and Food Nexus in the UK: A Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping Approach

The authors of this paper derive a model of the energy-water-food nexus using four versions of fuzzy cognitive mapping (FCM).…

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Applied Energy

Date:

15 January 2018

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The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in East Asia: A Tele-connected Value Chain Analysis Using Inter-regional Input-output Analysis

In this article, the transnational interregional input-output approach is used in a tele-connected water-energy-food nexus analysis of the East Asia…

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Applied Energy

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15 January 2018

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The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Trade-offs, Thresholds and Transdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Development

This paper reviews the results of recent research to offer tentative answers to the following questions: (1) Why is the…

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Environmental Science and Policy

Date:

1 February 2017

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Towards Understanding the Integrative Approach of the Water, Energy and Food Nexus

The authors of this paper review many publications in an attempt to (1) reveal the lines of justification for the…

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Science of the Total Environment

Date:

14 October 2016

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Towards the Optimization of Sustainable Food-Energy-Water Systems: A Stochastic Approach

To determine the influence of each component of the energy-water-food nexus on a system’s output and identify the weakest link…

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Journal of Cleaner Production

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10 January 2018

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

This paper explores the relevance of existing and ongoing scholarship within the water community, as well as current research needs,…

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Advances in Water Resources

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1 January 2018