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Turbulence: A Corporate Perspective on Collaborating for Resilience

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ISBN: 9789089647122 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_477310 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Business and Management
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The ever tighter coupling of our food, water and energy systems, in the context of a changing climate is leading to increasing turbulence in the world. As a consequence, it becomes ever more crucial to develop cities, regions, and economies with resilience in mind. Because of their global reach, substantial resources, and information-driven leadership structures, multinational corporations can play a major, constructive role in improving our understanding and design of resilient systems. This volume is the product of the Resilience Action Initiative, a collaboration among Dow, DuPont, IBM, McKinsey en Co., Shell, Siemens, Swiss Re, Unilever, and Yara designed to explore possible corporate contributions to global resilience, especially at the nexus of water, food and energy. Aggressively forward-thinking, and consistent with an enlightened self-interest, the ideas considered here represent a corporate perspective on the broad collaborations required for a more resilient world.

Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Large Asian River Basins

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ISBN: 9783038423454 783038423447 Year: Pages: Pages: X, 246 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Environmental Sciences
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The connections between water, food and energy are currently being discussed more than ever before, thanks to the recently emerged concept of the water–energy–food security nexus. Various organizations and authors have defined and addressed the concept from their own view points: nexus is, indeed in the air.This Special Issue looks at the water–energy–food security nexus in the context of large Asian river basins, with a focus on transboundary rivers shared by several countries. The articles included in the Special Issue analyse what benefits the nexus approach could bring to these kinds of, often quite demanding, settings. And where are the potential pitfalls that call for further development.The thematic areas covered in the Special Issue thus include water resources management; energy planning and policies with an emphasis on hydropower; and food production systems, including fisheries, irrigation and cropland management. Due to its focus on transboundary contexts, the articles also look at the geopolitical, international cooperation and security aspects related to the nexus.The articles of the Special Issue include case studies from relevant transboundary river basins, with a focus on the Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia as well as the river basins in Central Asia. Articles also include a comparative analysis in several large Asian river basins as well as more theoretical discussions of the water–energy–food security nexus and its linkages to other framings and approaches, such as IWRM and sustainable development.

Understanding the Bigger Energy Picture: DESERTEC and Beyond

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Book Series: SpringerBriefs in Energy ISSN: 2191-5520 / 2191-5539 ISBN: 9783319579658 9783319579665 Year: Pages: 110 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57966-5 Language: English
Publisher: Springer
Subject: Environmental Sciences
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This book focuses on the global cycles of energy, water and carbon, which are not only the essentials of our main energy carriers, the fossil fuels, but are also the building blocks of life. The book offers an overview of the basic scientific facts and relationships that are needed to understand today’s energy generation and use, how they relate to global climate, the water cycle and other resources, and the complexities of energy policy. Building on the work of the Desertec project, it presents the main technological options that we will have in a world after the “Energiewende” and presents the possible future solutions for a sustainable world. The book is written in an engaging, descriptive style that can be understood by those without specific knowledge of science or economics and allows readers to form their own conclusions. Controversy rages over energy problems, climate change and their possible solutions. Expressions like “climate deniers”, “renaissance of nuclear energy”, “stop the war on coal”, and “Energiewende now” represent a diversity of opinions that divide our society and political leaders. This book shows the reader the whole energy picture and how it is part of the wider global problems of overpopulation and uncontrolled economies in a world of limited resources.

Innovation Issues in Water, Agriculture and Food

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ISBN: 9783039211654 / 9783039211661 Year: Pages: 406 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-166-1 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Biology --- Agriculture (General) --- Environmental Sciences
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In a worldwide context of ever-growing competition for water and land, climate change, droughts and man-made water scarcity, and less-participatory water governance, agriculture faces the great challenge of producing enough food for a continually increasing population. In this line, this book provides a broad overview of innovation issues in the complex water–agriculture–food nexus, thus also relative to their interconnections and dependences. Issues refer to different spatial scales, from the field or the farm to the irrigation system or the river basin. Multidisciplinary approaches are used when analyzing the relationships between water, agriculture, and food security. The covered issues are quite diverse and include: innovation in crop evapotranspiration, crop coefficients and modeling; updates in research relative to crop water use and saving; irrigation scheduling and systems design; simulation models to support water and agricultural decisions; issues to cope with water scarcity and climate change; advances in water resource quality and sustainable uses; new tools for mapping and use of remote sensing information; and fostering a participative and inclusive governance of water for food security and population welfare. This book brings together a variety of contributions by leading international experts, professionals, and scholars in those diverse fields. It represents a major synthesis and state-of-the-art on various subjects, thus providing a valuable and updated resource for all researchers, professionals, policymakers, and post-graduate students interested in the complex world of the water–agriculture–food nexus.

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drought classes --- Standardized Precipitation and Evapotranspiration Index (SPEI) --- Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) --- North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) --- log-linear modeling --- persistence --- surface irrigation modelling --- precise land levelling --- irrigation systems design --- beneficial water use --- decision support systems (DSS) --- inflow rates --- cut-off time --- crop water requirements --- latent heat flux --- remote sensing --- olive orchard --- spatial variability --- agriculture --- impact --- measures --- nitrogen --- Sensitive Zones --- Tagus River Basin --- Vulnerable Zones --- basal crop coefficients --- crop coefficient curves --- crop transpiration --- Kcb from ground cover --- SIMDualKc model --- soil evaporation --- soil moisture --- soil temperature --- soil nutrient --- crop yield --- Corn --- Black soil --- deficit irrigation --- Fiesta grapes --- drip irrigation --- dried on the vine --- sustained deficit irrigation --- regulated deficit irrigation --- water–energy–food nexus --- policy-making --- stakeholder engagement --- fuzzy cognitive maps --- Spain --- Andalusia --- calibration --- irrigation district --- evapotranspiration --- crop growth --- validation --- Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. --- crop transpiration --- soil evaporation --- drip and basin irrigation --- deficit irrigation --- reform --- Participatory Irrigation Management --- Transfer --- water users association --- biomass --- crop transpiration --- direct forcing --- leaf area index --- soil evaporation --- soil temperature --- soil water storage depletion --- root growth --- maize yield --- semi-arid region --- actual evapotranspiration --- Pampa biome --- eddy covariance --- evaporative fraction --- hysteresis loops --- dry drainage system --- water and salt balance --- groundwater --- evaporation --- salinity --- irrigation scheduling --- wheat --- soil water balance --- new technologies --- smartphone application --- reference evapotranspiration --- local advection --- aridity effects --- satellite observations --- Evapotranspiration --- Irrigation --- Density coefficient --- Dual crop coefficients --- Row crops --- water and land management --- water users’ organization --- water balance --- supply–demand balance model --- organizational analysis --- participatory management --- pressurized irrigation systems --- on-demand operation --- perturbation --- unsteady flow --- hydrant risk indicator --- relative pressure exceedance --- agricultural intensification --- DPSIR --- nitrogen --- pressures --- policies --- surface water pollution --- water-agriculture-food nexus --- crop water use and evapotranspiration --- irrigation scheduling --- design of irrigation systems --- simulation models --- droughts --- irrigation water governance --- economic and environmental issues

Adaptive Catchment Management and Reservoir Operation

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ISBN: 9783038977384 / 9783038977391 Year: Pages: 498 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-739-1 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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River catchments and reservoirs play a central role in water security, food supply, flood risk management, hydropower generation, and ecosystem services; however, they are now under increasing pressure from population growth, economic activities, and changing climate means and extremes in many parts of the world. Adaptive management of river catchments and reservoirs requires an in-depth understanding of the impacts of future uncertainties and thus the development of robust, sustainable solutions to meet the needs of various stakeholders and the environment. To tackle the huge challenges in moving towards adaptive catchment management, this book presents the latest developments in cutting-edge knowledge, novel methodologies, innovative management strategies, and case studies, focusing on the following themes: reservoir dynamics and impact analysis of dam construction, optimal reservoir operation, climate change impacts on hydrological processes and water management, and integrated catchment management.

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Siemianówka --- hydrology --- Narew River --- dam --- reservoir --- discharge --- flow regime --- reservoir flushing --- numerical simulation --- flushing efficiency --- Kurobe River --- two-dimensional bed evolution model --- sediment flushing of empty storage --- shaft spillway pipe --- sediment flushing efficiency --- sediment regime --- suspended sediment concentration --- vertical profiles of concentration --- Jingjiang River Reach --- Yangtze River --- CO2 --- reservoirs --- general regression neural network --- back propagation neural network --- climate change --- CMIP3 --- CMIP5 --- downscaling --- runoff response --- SWAT model --- stochastic linear programming --- Markov chain --- reliability --- vulnerability --- reservoir operation --- stochastic dynamic programming --- protection zone --- nutrient uptake --- NPP --- South-to-North Water Transfer Project --- Miyun Reservoir --- reservoir operation --- optimization --- SWAT --- HEC-ResPRM --- climate change --- CORDEX-Africa --- Tekeze basin --- long distance water diversion --- inverted siphon --- sensitivity analysis --- integrated supply system modeling --- sediment regime --- suspended sediment concentration --- vertical profiles of concentration --- the Jingjiang River Reach --- the Yangtze River --- reservoir operation --- multi-stage stochastic optimization --- TB-MPC --- flood control --- real-time control --- energy --- hydropower stations --- differential evolution algorithm --- optimal scheduling --- ?-constrained method --- drinking water resources --- water environmental capacity (WEC) --- Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC) model --- the Huangshi Reservoir --- seasonal rainfall --- upper Chao Phraya River Basin --- El Niño/Southern Oscillation --- Indian Monsoon --- sea surface temperatures --- reverse regulation --- coupling model --- aftereffect --- accompanying progressive optimality algorithm --- Dokan Dam --- runoff --- sediment load --- SWAT --- natural flow regime --- multi-objective model --- uncertainty --- genetic algorithm --- land and water resources --- system dynamics --- modeling --- scenario analysis --- Heilongjiang --- tropical reservoir --- heating impact --- Langcang-Mekong River --- Kappa distribution --- parameter relation --- partial gauged basin --- power function --- ratio curve --- ungauged basin --- reservoir operation --- integrated surface water-groundwater model --- Heihe River Basin --- environmental flow --- irrigation --- design and operation of the multipurpose reservoir --- water deficit --- reservoir simulation model --- climate change --- multi-objective optimization NSGA II --- resilience and robustness --- costs and benefits --- water energy --- multi-agent of river basin --- game theory --- water resources allocation --- optimal flood control operation --- cascade reservoirs --- dynamic programming with progressive optimality algorithm (DP-POA) --- the upper Yangtze River Basin --- parameterization --- simulation --- optimization --- direct policy search --- hedging policy --- shortage ratio: Vulnerability --- NSGA-II --- lentic habitats --- bitterling --- mussel --- floodplain vertical shape index --- sediment management --- adaptive management --- catchment modelling --- integrated management --- reservoir operation

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