F-E-W Workshop


NSF Workshop

FEW: Development and Application of Analytical Tools

in Support of Food-Energy-Water Nexus Planning


October 27 & 28, 2015

  The World Bank, Washington, DC



Contact: Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm

This workshop was hosted by the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC) through a grant from the National Science Foundation.1-essic-slidelogo




Speaker Information and Talk Archive

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Tuesday October 27th, 2015



7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Coffee and Registration

8:00 a.m. –  8:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Bruce Hamilton, National Science Foundation

Eric Wachsman, UMERC - University of Maryland

Antonio Busalacchi, ESSIC - University of Maryland          

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, University of Maryland

Workshop Introduction and Logistics


Session 1A

Research Needs in Support of the FEW Nexus

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Dennis McLaughlin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Food Security and Sustainable Resource Management

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Tiffany Troxler, Florida International University

Connections along the FEW Nexus in the face of a changing climate: case studies from south Florida

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Morgan Bazilian, The World Bank

Overview of the World Bank’s Thirsty Energy Initiative

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.               

Carey King, University of Texas

Trends in Energy and Food Expenditures & Net Energy to Contextualize the Future Food-Energy-Water Nexus

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion


10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break


Session 1B

Research Needs in Support of the FEW Nexus (cont.)

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Dale Rothman, University of Denver

Challenges and Opportunities for FEW Analysis in an Integrated Global Model

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Melissa Kenney, University of Maryland

Cultivating a Shared Understanding to Grow Indicators of Food-Energy-Water

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Guillermo Podesta, University of Miami

How Can We Foster Broader and More Effective Use of Climate Information to Support Decision-Making on the FEW Nexus?

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Elisabeth Gilmore, University of Maryland

Evaluating the impact of climate policies on regional food accessibility using an Integrated Assessment Model

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Working Lunch


Session 2A

FEW Nexus Data and Modeling: Approaches and Tools

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Amy McNally, NASA Goddard/ESSICRemote sensing and hydrologic modeling for food and water security monitoring applications

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Mohamad Hejazi, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (JGCRI)

Meeting future demands for food, energy, water (FEW) while mitigating climate change

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Hugo Berbery, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (NOAA)

Model-based climate information to support decision-making in southeastern South America

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Pierre Guillevic, University of Maryland

GEOGLAM: Enhancing the Use of Earth Observations for Agricultural Monitoring

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion


3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Coffee Break


Session 2B

FEW Nexus Data and Modeling: Approaches and Tools (cont.)

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

David Yates, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Linking the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) and the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) Decision Support Systems

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Compton Tucker, NASA Goddard

Enhancing the NASA/Goddard-Foreign Agricultural Services: Global Agricultural Monitoring System with Coincident Soil Moisture Data

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Justin Baker, RTI International

Integrating Watershed Hydrology and Economic Optimization Methods for FEW Nexus Research Application

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Stephanie Lansing, University of Maryland,

Waste to Energy Treatment as an Integral Part of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion


5:00 p.m.

Adjourn for the day


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

                Social Activity (optional; up to 40 participants)


The Nexus Game: A playful exploration of resilience at the food-energy-water nexus. The nexus game is a board game, but one with emergent rules. In a mere hour, you will move from an outside observer of the stress nexus to one of its key actors. You may play a company, seeking a secure market for your production. You may play a country desperately short of water. You will face land shortages, real or imagined. Innovation, boycotts, partnerships, price fluctuations, free trade, bad harvests, turbulence: it’s all in the game. More information about the game is here.


Wednesday October 28th, 2015

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Coffee and Registration


Session 3A

FEW Nexus Data and Modeling Applications and Experiences

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Leon Clarke, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (JGCRI)

Incorporating Water into an Integrated Assessment Framework

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Pat Delaquil, Decisionware Group

Thirsty Energy: Case Studies from South Africa and China

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Daniel Sheer, Hydrologics Inc.

Practical Tools and Techniques for Multipurpose Water Management and Dispute Resolution

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Laixiang Sun, University of Maryland

Virtual Scarce Water in China

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Coffee Break


Session 3B

FEW Nexus Data and Modeling Applications and Experiences (cont.)

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Andre Lucena, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Climate change impacts on Hydropower Generation in Brazil

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Soumendra Nath Bhanja, India Institute of Technology (Kharagpur)

Groundwater Storage Changes over Indian Sub-Continent: A Quantitative Approach

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Jelena Srebric, University of Maryland

Green Roofs and Their Potential to Transform Built Environments through the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Christian von Hirschhausen, Technical University of Berlin

Linking Bottom-up and Top-down Approaches in Food-Water-Water Modeling: DIW/TU Berlin Research on Bioenergy and Food Markets (Subsaharan Africa) and the Water-Energy Nexus (in Central Asia)

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion



Session 3C

FEW Nexus Data and Modeling Applications and Experiences (cont.)

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Michael Gerst, Tellus Institute

Coproducing Food and Energy: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Steven Gabriel, University of Maryland

A Stochastic Two-Level Optimization Model for Compressed Natural Gas Infrastructure Investments in Wastewater Management Considering the FEW Nexus

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Safa Motesharrei, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Two-way Coupling of the Earth and Human System Models

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Robert Tetrault, US Dept of Agriculture

Monitoring Global Food Supply: Nexus of Food and Water in a National Security Context

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Working Lunch


Session 4

Trends on Future Research on the FEW Nexus

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Xin-Zhong Liang, University of Maryland

Integrated Modeling Framework to Support FEW Nexus Decisions

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Bruce McCarl, Texas A&M University

Economics and the Water Energy Food Nexus

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Debra Reinhart, University of Central Florida

Implications of Managing Food Waste

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Kristal Jones, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Data to Motivate Synthesis in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion


3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Coffee Break


Session 5:

The Dos and Don’ts: FEW Modeling Operational Perspectives on Experiences Using Data and Modeling Tools

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Liese Dalbauman, Independent Water Steward, formerly PepsiCo

Robert Dykes, RTI International

Rita Teutonico, Florida International University

Satya Kalluri, NOAA Center for Satellites Applications and Research

Thomas Crisman, University of South Florida

5:00 p.m.

Closure and Workshop Adjourned




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