About this Research Topic
Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus is an integrated and enhanced approach of identifying complex linkages and interdependencies among FEW resources. The structure of a FEW Nexus is characterized by an inter-connected dynamic behavior of FEW components. The functionality of FEW Nexus can be affected by a number of factors including climate change (e.g., changes in temperature and precipitation that can result for example in drought) and socio-economic shocks. These factors can put FEW components under vulnerable stability conditions. Therefore, it is critical to support the resilience of FEW components using innovative integrated tools, advanced remote sensing datasets, and system-based approaches.
The complex and inter-connected functions and dynamic behavior of FEW Nexus have been evaluated using system-based dynamic modeling that integrates different types of datasets related to FEW resources as well as some essential climate variables. However, there is a lack in the use of remote sensing-based evaluations of FEW Nexus resilience and human well-being. Advances in remote sensing data and tools are certainly promising and can provide consistent, accurate, and efficient means to quantify and predict FEW resource availability under changing environmental conditions. The remote sensing-based datasets (such as leaf area index, fractional photosynthetic active radiation, net primary productivity, etc.) can effectively be integrated with system-based modeling to simulate various inter-related FEW Nexus processes at multiple spatial and temporal scales. The goal of this Research Topic is to address this gap.
This Research Topic welcomes innovative research topics that integrate earth observation datasets with system dynamic modeling to address FEW Nexus changes related to climate change and socio-economic shocks. Topics may include but are not limited to:
• Climate Change impacts on FEW Nexus behavior
• Identifying FEW resources (e.g., livestock, agriculture, dairy, water, and energy) availability and use
• Integrating remote sensing products with systems modeling approaches
• Resilience among the components of FEW Nexus
• Deriving FEW Nexus focused human well-being index
Individual research articles, communications, proposed studies, and reviews are welcomed within and between these themes.
Keywords: FEW Nexus, Resilience, Human Well-Being Indices, Remote Sensing, Systems Modeling
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