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Title: Untangling the water-food-energy-environment nexus for global change adaptation in a complex Himalayan water resource system
Authors: Momblanch A.
Papadimitriou L.
Jain S.K.
Kulkarni A.
Ojha C.S.P.
Adeloye A.J.
Holman I.P.
Published in: Science of the Total Environment
Abstract: Holistic water management approaches are essential under future climate and socio-economic changes, especially while trying to achieve inter-disciplinary societal goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of clean water, hunger eradication, clean energy and life on land. Assessing water resources within a water-food-energy-environment nexus approach enables the relationships between water-related sectors to be untangled while incorporating impacts of societal changes. We use a systems modelling approach to explore global change impacts on the nexus in the mid-21st century in a complex western Himalayan water resource system in India, considering a range of climate change and alternative socio-economic development scenarios. Results show that future socio-economic changes will have a much stronger impact on the nexus compared to climate change. Hydropower generation and environmental protection represent the major opportunities and limitations for adaptation in the studied system and should, thereby, be the focus for actions and systemic transformations in pursue of the SDGs. The emergence of scenario-specific synergies and trade-offs between nexus component indicators demonstrates the benefits that water resource systems models can make to designing better responses to the complex nexus challenges associated with future global change. ¬© 2018 The Authors
Citation: Science of the Total Environment(2019), 655(): 35-47
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Keywords: Climate change
Socio-economic change
Synergies and trade-offs
Systems modelling
ISSN: 489697
Author Scopus IDs: 55824113100
Author Affiliations: Momblanch, A., Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, United Kingdom
Papadimitriou, L., Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, United Kingdom
Jain, S.K., National Institute of Hydrology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667, India
Kulkarni, A., Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Bangalore, Karnataka 560012, India
Ojha, C.S.P., Indian Institute of Technology Rookee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667, India
Adeloye, A.J., Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus, Boundary Road N, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, United Kingdom
Holman, I.P., Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, United Kingdom
Funding Details: We acknowledge the UK Natural Environment Research Council (grant numbers NE/N015541/1 and NE/N016394/1 ) and the Ministry of Earth Sciences (grant number MES-1023-CED ) of the Government of India for supporting this research as part of the joint UK-India Sustaining Water Resources for Food, Energy & Ecosystem Services programme under the Newton-Bhabha Fund. The funding agencies have no involvement in the design of the study or interpretation of the result. We also thank the support of Bhakra Beas Management Board, Government of India, in providing data. Data underlying this study can be accessed through the Cranfield University repository at . No new data were collected in the course of this research.
Corresponding Author: Momblanch, A.; Cranfield University, College Road, United Kingdom; email:
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