Robust solutions for food-water-energy nexus 

Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA) Program researchers model interconnected food, water, and energy systems and advance methods of stochastic optimization with the aim of suggesting robust management strategies with respect to inherent uncertainties and risks.

Food and energy sectors often compete for natural resources, such as water and land. Weather conditions, water availability, market volatility are a few examples of important uncertainties, which should be taken into account, when strategic decisions regarding allocation of resources between sectors and household consumption are made. Regional management aims at economic development that is sustainable in terms of supplying enough food, water, and energy to region’s inhabitants. ASA researchers develop stochastic optimization methods and practices to derive robust solutions in food-water-energy nexus models.

ASA researchers provide methodological support for implementing a stochastic version of the IIASA’s GLOBIOM model, hosted and developed by the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program. It produces robust strategic decisions for optimal planning of the major global land use systems (agriculture, forestry, bio-fuel production), given the constraints on water and other resources, and aims to ensure food and energy security targets are achieved by all countries 

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Last edited: 10 February 2016


Yurii Yermoliev

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