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Managing Integrated Water, Energy and Food Systems

Hack, Jochen (2017):
Managing Integrated Water, Energy and Food Systems.
In: German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium 2017, Evendale, USA, March 31, 2017 – April 2, 2017, [Online-Edition: https://www.naefrontiers.org/Symposia/GAFOE/21649/53702/8061...],
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Abstract

Growing global resource scarcity is demanding more effective integration and coordination of resource use across different use sectors. Especially the water, food and energy sectors are increasingly competing for common resources while rising environmental standards and climate change concerns result in additional resource constraints. These dependencies of water, energy and food production are complex and cross-sectoral. Moreover, the accelerating expansion of renewable energies causes new interlinkages between these sectors that require even more integrated solutions in technologies and management. However, each renewable energy source places specific resources requirements with some energy sources more favorable than others. This contribution highlights cross-sectoral assessments and management approaches for water, energy and food in order to deal with resource interdependencies and future trends. Water for energy and food, energy for water and food production as well as food (land resources and biomass) for water and energy production will be discussed and case study examples are given. Departing from the water resources sector, solutions on how to combine integrated policy making, planning and engineering solutions in order to avoid competition and increase synergies in resource use are presented. The Ecosystem Service Concept is applied as means to establish new boundaries and to promote cross-sectoral cooperation for integral resource management.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2017
Creators: Hack, Jochen
Title: Managing Integrated Water, Energy and Food Systems
Language: English
Abstract:

Growing global resource scarcity is demanding more effective integration and coordination of resource use across different use sectors. Especially the water, food and energy sectors are increasingly competing for common resources while rising environmental standards and climate change concerns result in additional resource constraints. These dependencies of water, energy and food production are complex and cross-sectoral. Moreover, the accelerating expansion of renewable energies causes new interlinkages between these sectors that require even more integrated solutions in technologies and management. However, each renewable energy source places specific resources requirements with some energy sources more favorable than others. This contribution highlights cross-sectoral assessments and management approaches for water, energy and food in order to deal with resource interdependencies and future trends. Water for energy and food, energy for water and food production as well as food (land resources and biomass) for water and energy production will be discussed and case study examples are given. Departing from the water resources sector, solutions on how to combine integrated policy making, planning and engineering solutions in order to avoid competition and increase synergies in resource use are presented. The Ecosystem Service Concept is applied as means to establish new boundaries and to promote cross-sectoral cooperation for integral resource management.

Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium 2017
Divisions: 11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Earth Science
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Earth Science > Ecological Engineering
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institute of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institute of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering > Engineering Hydrology and Water Management
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences
Event Title: German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium 2017
Event Location: Evendale, USA
Event Dates: March 31, 2017 – April 2, 2017
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2017 16:17
Official URL: https://www.naefrontiers.org/Symposia/GAFOE/21649/53702/8061...
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