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Reference Number EP/N005600/1
Title Water Energy Food: WEFWEBs
Status Completed
Energy Categories OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Energy system analysis) 20%;
OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 15%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 65%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 10%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Applied Mathematics) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 10%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 10%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Geography and Environmental Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Town and Country Planning) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 70%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 30%;
Principal Investigator Professor M Scott
No email address given
Mathematics
University of Glasgow
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2015
End Date 30 September 2018
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £1,395,661
Industrial Sectors Energy; Food and Drink; Water
Region Scotland
Programme LWEC : LWEC
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor M Scott , Mathematics, University of Glasgow (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Dr J Ingram , Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr X Yan , Engineering Computer Science and Maths, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Professor J McCann , Computing, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr LC Todman , Agriculture and Environment Division, Rothamsted Research (0.001%)
Dr S T Larcom , Land Economy, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr M Acuto , Science, Tech, Eng and Public Policy, University College London (0.001%)
Dr R Comber , Culture La, Newcastle University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Eden Project (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cultivate Oxfordshire Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Good Food Oxford (0.000%)
Project Contact , 3keel (0.000%)
Project Contact , Westcountry Rivers Trust (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract The water, energy and food systems (the WEF) of the planet are under strain, sometimes described as the "perfect storm". They are all intrinsically linked and inter-dependent (the nexus), and humanity needs to plot a course to ensure sustainability and in an ideal world, equity of access to resources.The WEFWEBs project will examine the data and evidence for the water, energy and food systems and their interactions and dependencies within the local, regional and national environment. We need to maintain a balance between the three sometimes opposing directions that our primary systems are moving in to ensure that we safeguard our ecosystems, while still being able to live sustainably, in a world where demands are increasing. To study these systems and their dependencies and interactions, we need to bring together a multitude of different disciplines from the physical, environmental computational and mathematical sciences, with economics, social science, psychology and policy. Each of the three systems needs to be studied through the data that exists concerning their flows, resources and impacts, but also through individual and civic understanding of the systems.We will collect, synthesise and assimilate existing data, and models with new data that will be collected using new sensing technology and social media. We will examine each of the multiple dimensions of the nexus in three place based studies where we can explore and examine the outputs from data analysis, process and network models, and social perceptions.This project delivers multiple dynamic WEF nexus maps with spatial level spanning the dimensions of the problem, reflecting current status and changes, and the interactions in the primary systems in space and time. There is currently no critically systemic, participatory, multi-stakeholder mapping of the entire multi-scale WEF nexus for the UK and this project offers innovation in terms of the multi-disciplinarity and variety of methods including systemic intervention, data analytics and crowd sourcing techniques to mapping the WEF nexus.Ultimately, WEFWEBs will provide a better understanding to citizens and policy makers alike of the effects of choices and decisions to be made.
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