In 2013, researchers at Texas A&M University, Purdue University in Indiana, and the Persian Gulf country of Qatar developed WEF Nexus 2.0, a computer-based modeling tool of analyzing how changes in any one of energy use, agriculture, or water use within a region can affect the other two. The modeling tool was one of the first of its kind to be developed, but others now exist, according to Dr Rabi Mohtar, the lead researcher on the project at Texas A&M. The tool is available online at http://www.wefnexustool.org. For more information, see “Quantifying Connections” in the Summer 2015 issue of Texas H2O, from the Texas Water Resources Institute, located at Texas A&M, available online at http://twri.tamu.edu/publications/txh2o/summer-2015/quantifying-connections/; or contact the Institute at 2260 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2260; phone (979) 845-1851; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following are some other information sources to learn more about the connections among water, energy, and food.
“U.S. Department of Energy Releases Water-Energy Nexus Report,” Department of Energy news release, 6/24/14.
United Nations Web site, “UN Water/Topics,” online at http://www.unwater.org/topics/teaching-water/en/.
“2015 Water Resources Conference of the Virginias: Water—Energy—Agriculture” (held Oct. 5-6, 2015, in Roanoke, W. Va.), online at http://wrcvirginias.org/.
University of North Carolina, “Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference” (held March 5-8, 2014, in Chapel Hill, N.C.), online at http://nexusconference.web.unc.edu/.
Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska, online at http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/.