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Article: Scaling the nexus: Towards integrated frameworks for analysing water, energy and food

TitleScaling the nexus: Towards integrated frameworks for analysing water, energy and food
Authors
Issue Date2018
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1475-4959
Citation
The Geographical Journal, 2018, Epub of 2018 How to Cite?
AbstractThe emergence of the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus has resulted in changes to the way we perceive our natural resources. Stressors such as climate change and population growth have highlighted the fragility of our WEF systems, necessitating integrated solutions across multiple scales. Whilst a number of frameworks and analytical tools have been developed since 2011, a comprehensive WEF nexus tool remains elusive, hindered in part by our limited data and understanding of the interdependencies and connections across the WEF systems. To achieve this, the community of academics, practitioners and policy-makers invested in WEF nexus research are addressing several critical areas that currently remain as barriers. Firstly, the plurality of scales (e.g., spatial, temporal, institutional, jurisdictional) necessitates a more comprehensive effort to assess interdependencies between water, energy and food, from household to institutional and national levels. Secondly, and closely related to scale, a lack of available data often hinders our ability to quantify physical stocks and flows of resources. Overcoming these barriers necessitates engaging multiple stakeholders, and using experiences and local insights to better understand nexus dynamics in particular locations or scenarios, and we exemplify this with the inclusion of a UK-based case-study on exploring the nexus in a particular geographical area. We elucidate many challenges that have arisen across nexus research, including the impact of multiple scales in operation, and concomitantly, what impact these scales have on data accessibility. We assess some of the critical frameworks and tools that are applied by nexus researchers and articulate some of the steps required to develop from nexus thinking to an operationalizable concept, with a consistent focus on scale and data availability.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/252094
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2017 Impact Factor: 2.563
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.880

 

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dc.contributor.authorMcGrane, S-
dc.contributor.authorAcuto, M-
dc.contributor.authorArtioli, F-
dc.contributor.authorChen, PY-
dc.contributor.authorComber, R-
dc.contributor.authorCottee, J-
dc.contributor.authorFarr-Wharton, G-
dc.contributor.authorHelfgott, A-
dc.contributor.authorLarcom, S-
dc.contributor.authorMcCann, J-
dc.contributor.authorO'Reilly, P-
dc.contributor.authorSalmoral, G-
dc.contributor.authorScott, M-
dc.contributor.authorTodman, L-
dc.contributor.authorvan Gevelt, TA-
dc.contributor.authorYan, X-
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-10T07:47:03Z-
dc.date.available2018-04-10T07:47:03Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationThe Geographical Journal, 2018, Epub of 2018-
dc.identifier.issn0016-7398-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/252094-
dc.description.abstractThe emergence of the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus has resulted in changes to the way we perceive our natural resources. Stressors such as climate change and population growth have highlighted the fragility of our WEF systems, necessitating integrated solutions across multiple scales. Whilst a number of frameworks and analytical tools have been developed since 2011, a comprehensive WEF nexus tool remains elusive, hindered in part by our limited data and understanding of the interdependencies and connections across the WEF systems. To achieve this, the community of academics, practitioners and policy-makers invested in WEF nexus research are addressing several critical areas that currently remain as barriers. Firstly, the plurality of scales (e.g., spatial, temporal, institutional, jurisdictional) necessitates a more comprehensive effort to assess interdependencies between water, energy and food, from household to institutional and national levels. Secondly, and closely related to scale, a lack of available data often hinders our ability to quantify physical stocks and flows of resources. Overcoming these barriers necessitates engaging multiple stakeholders, and using experiences and local insights to better understand nexus dynamics in particular locations or scenarios, and we exemplify this with the inclusion of a UK-based case-study on exploring the nexus in a particular geographical area. We elucidate many challenges that have arisen across nexus research, including the impact of multiple scales in operation, and concomitantly, what impact these scales have on data accessibility. We assess some of the critical frameworks and tools that are applied by nexus researchers and articulate some of the steps required to develop from nexus thinking to an operationalizable concept, with a consistent focus on scale and data availability.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1475-4959-
dc.relation.ispartofThe Geographical Journal-
dc.rightsThis is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: [FULL CITE], which has been published in final form at [Link to final article using the DOI]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.titleScaling the nexus: Towards integrated frameworks for analysing water, energy and food-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailvan Gevelt, TA: tvgevelt@hku.hk-
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dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/geoj.12256-
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dc.identifier.hkuros284817-
dc.identifier.volumeEpub of 2018-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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