Modeling the Water-Energy Nexus for the Phoenix Active Management Area

Mostafa D. Fard, Hessam S. Sarjoughian, Imran Mahmood, Adil Mounir, Xin Guan, Giuseppe Mascaro

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Phoenix, an Active Management Area in the desert Southwest US, is the 5th most populated city in the US. Scarce local groundwater and water transported from external resources must be managed in the presence of different types of energy sources. Local and regional decision-makers are faced with answering challenging questions on managing water, energy supply, and demand over a few years to several decades. Prediction and planning for the interdependency of these entities can benefit from modeling the water and energy systems as well as their interactions with one another. In this paper, the integrated WEAP and LEAP tools and a modeling framework that externalizes their hidden linkage to an interaction model are described and compared using the Phoenix AMA. Loose coupling enabled by interaction modeling is a key for decision-policies that should be grounded at the nexus of the water-energy system of systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2020
EditorsK.-H. Bae, B. Feng, S. Kim, S. Lazarova-Molnar, Z. Zheng, T. Roeder, R. Thiesing
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781728194998
StatePublished - Dec 14 2020
Event2020 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2020 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Dec 14 2020Dec 18 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


Conference2020 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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