Structuring an integrated water-energy-food nexus assessment of a local wind energy desalination system for irrigation

T. Serrano-Tovar, Baltasar Peñate Suárez, Ana Musicki, Juan A. de la Fuente Bencomo, Violeta Cabello, M. Giampietro

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Abstract

© 2019 The Authors Desalination is increasingly put forward as a sustainable local solution to water scarcity in combination with the exploitation of renewable energy sources. However, the complexity of the resource nexus entails the unavoidable existence of pros and cons across its various dimensions that can only be assessed at different scales of analysis. In turn, these pros and cons entail different winners and losers among the different social actors linked through the nexus. To address these challenges, a novel approach to resource nexus assessment is put forward, based on multi-scale integrated analysis of societal and ecosystem metabolism (MuSIASEM) and recognizing the resource nexus as a wicked problem. The integrated representation identifies the existence of biophysical constraints determined by processes both under human control (in the technosphere) and beyond human control (in the biosphere). The approach is illustrated with a local case study of desalination in the Canary Islands, Spain. The material presented has been generated in the context of the project “Moving towards adaptive governance in complexity: Informing nexus security” (MAGIC) for use in participatory processes of co-production of knowledge claims about desalination, a prerequisite for informed policy deliberation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-957
Number of pages13
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume689
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Canary Islands
  • Desalination
  • MuSIASEM
  • Renewable energy
  • WEF nexus
  • Wicked problem
  • Water Purification/instrumentation
  • Wind
  • Conservation of Energy Resources/methods
  • Renewable Energy
  • Islands
  • Spain
  • LAND
  • POLICY
  • SECURITY
  • SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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