Water-Energy-Food-Security-Nexus under Drought; Assessment and Quantification

Conveners : Centres for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), coordinated by: Institute for Technology and Resources Management, TH Köln, Cologne, Germany

Water-, energy- and food securities are under particular threat when there is a drought. In addition, water scarcity and droughts modify and seasonally shift Nexus tradeoffs and synergy potentials. Therefore, the planning of land, water and energy resources in a region requires a quantification of recources availability and demand especially under extreme droughts and an analysis of the sensitivity of the individual system components. Based on a deeper understanding of such a Nexus system and the local drought risk, we can develop a variety of scenarios as a basis for a sustainable resources management.

Novel remote sensing techniques and resulting data products are a valuable contribution for assessing and monitoring climate variability, water resources, land cover, cropping systems and reservoirs; indispensable variables to understand spatio-temporal drought risk, WEF Nexus components and interconnections

This session aims at presenting and discussing concepts, data sets, methods and case studies which can support the assessment of the water-energy-food systems under drought conditions including assessment, management, scenarios and forecasting; exemplary questions to be addressed are :

Speakers :

  1. Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe, Director, Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, Integrated Land and Water Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics.
  2. Prof. Justin Sheffield, Professor of Hydrology and Remote Sensing within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.
  3. Dr. Alexandra Nauditt, Lecturer, Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics
  4. Prof. Mauricio Zambrano Bigiarini, Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Sciences, Universidad de La Frontera, Chile.
  5. Muhammad Khalifa; PhD Student, Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics
  6. Dr. Christian Birkel, University of Costa Rica
  7. Dr. Oscar Manuel Baez Villanueva, Lecturer, Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics