About this Research Topic
The Energy, Water and Food (EWF) nexus is a growing field of study and this has been demonstrated by the rapid increase of publications in this area over the last 5-8 years. It specifically relates to the interdependency between EWF resources in order to adequately manage resource consumption and reduce environmental impacts across a range of processes and sectors. Computational modelling techniques are very useful to determine relationships between the EWF Nexus and to determine sustainable ways to satisfy water, energy and food demands in diverse systems.
The goal of this Research Topic is to present computational modelling approaches for analysing the Water, Energy and Food Nexus in integrated systems. This Research Topic addresses topics involving the EWF Nexus through mathematical modelling techniques in different applications, supply chains, chemical and process industries, waste management, circular economy, between others.
Considering the wide spectrum of tools and case studies that have been applied to EWF Nexus studies in literature, there is an opportunity to develop a Research Topic which can feature a variety of sub topics, such as (not limited to):
1) Application of EWF Nexus in multi-generation/poly-generation systems;
2) Integration of supply chains in EWF Nexus applications;
3) The role of EWF Nexus in the chemical and processing industry;
4) The role of EWF Nexus in waste management;
5) Integration of EWF Nexus in circular economies, i.e. bio economies.
6) Development of holistic indicators that best describe the EWF Nexus;
7) Describing and quantifying resilience in the context of the EWF Nexus;
8) Using the EWF Nexus to develop adaptation and mitigation methods against environmental stressors;
9) Developing novel data driven approaches to optimise EWF Nexus systems;
10) Application of sustainability methods such as LCA in EWF Nexus systems;
11) Utilising the EWF Nexus to promote energy, water or food security;
12) Evaluating spatial variations of EWF systems;
13) Integration of process systems engineering in EWF Nexus studies.
Keywords: modelling, integrated systems, process system engineering, EWF nexus, sustainability
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