FEW: Food-Energy-Water Infrastructure Systems Engineering Solutions and Institutions

  • Sabo, John (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


PROJECT SUMMARY The Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus concept is a rich area for basic research in sustainability science that would harness and synthesize insights from disparate fields including, complex systems, materials science, civil, electrical and environmental engineering, computation and social science. The nexus can be defined myriad ways depending on whether the focus is on technology, infrastructure or institutions. We will hold a 3-day workshop on the ASU campus in October 2015. We are planning on ~ 50-60 attendees, 15 from ASU, up to 5 each from Stanford, Columbia and Duke and the remaining 30 from other participating institutions, national labs, and federal agencies. The goal is to invite a balance of participants representing food, water and energy and with representative expertise in infrastructure, environmental engineering and institutions. This workshop will advance an operational, national-scale definition of FEW systems and outline a portfolio of basic research themes and programs needed to improve their efficiency and resilience. Our workshop concept will provide a timely mechanism for development of programmatic themes for the FY16 INFEWS Solicitation and the stage for incubating new collaborations to respond to the solicitation and produce a new, more synthetic knowledge of the structure and function of national scale FEW systems.
Effective start/end date7/1/153/31/18


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $94,905.00


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