S-D6 Feeding 9, 10, 11 Billion Sustainably Part 2

This session begins with an overview presentation on scenarios of world demand for crops through 2050 with and without anticipated climate change. Results are drawn from a recent multi-model study of world food demand organized by the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP). Economic responses to climate change include changes in cropland area, crop … Read more

S-D8 Integrating Water and Energy Efficiency

Texas and California are in the midst of multi-year droughts, yet both rely heavily on electricity sources that require copious amounts of water and contribute to this prolonged drought (namely, natural gas, coal and nuclear). Using these two states as case studies, this panel will explore the inextricable link between energy and water, the need … Read more

S-D9 Sustainability Education at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Ongoing Research

The symposium will present the state of the art in competencies and professional skill development for sustainability. Emphasis will be placed on the Wiek et al. (2011) key sustainability competencies framework and how these competencies can be operationalized in higher education curricula; the National Council on Science and Environment study on sustainability degree program learning … Read more

S-E1 A Systems Approach to Understanding the Energetics of Global Agriculture

Organizers: Steve Boss, Director of Sustainability Academic Programs/Director of the Environmental Dynamics doctoral program, University of Arkansas Phillip Crandall, Professor, University of Arkansas Summary: The objective of the symposium is to conceptualize the global agricultural system as a planetary energy transfer system and to account for energy pathways through the system with a focus on … Read more

S-E2 Towards a food-energy-water-nexus data and data science community

Data and data science are crucial in addressing the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus for understanding problems, connections, and impacts as well as for monitoring Earth resources for timely detection and management of risks, e.g., hot-spots of resource choke-points. Challenges include fragmented data with diverse collection protocols, representations, monitoring frameworks, and analysis tools with little coordination among … Read more

S-E3 Perspectives on Integrated Nexus Assessment

Sectoral interdependencies among resources influence each other through complex feedbacks. Through trade and foreign investment, globalization may help to mitigate resource shortages and accelerate technological transfer. Often, however, global trade flows instead ‘export’ shortages or negative externalities to structurally weaker regions. An integrated (‘nexus’) approach to resource management is thus necessary in order to systematically … Read more

S-E4 The Status of Low Cost Energy Technologies to Treat Saline Water for Freshwater Uses

During the 20th century, the global population increased 300 percent while demand for freshwater increased 600 percent. The world’s water consumption rate is doubling every 20 years, outpacing population growth by a factor of two. By 2025, global water demand will exceed supply by 50 percent due to persistent regional droughts and water will strongly … Read more

SC8. Considerations and Challenges Associated with a Vibrant Bioeconomy

Coordinated public and private development of a vibrant bioeconomy provides a rational, trans-disciplinary approach for addressing the 21st Century Food, Water, and Energy Nexus. Developing a vibrant bioeconomy will address this critical nexus by focusing on identifying, producing, recycling, converting, and using renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources to produce biofuels, biochemicals, biopower, and a … Read more

SD7 – Fish, the Forgotten Food Source, in Food-Water-Energy Nexus

Freshwater is a shared resource. Many sectors rely upon water and increasingly, the limited availability of water leads to tough decisions. While inland fish, fisheries, and aquaculture play important roles in providing food, and economic security, human well-being, and cultural attachment, they are often not accounted for when decisions about when other economically and socially … Read more