Robust solutions for food-water-energy nexus 

Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA) Program researchers model interconnected food, water, and energy systems and advance methods of stochastic optimization with the aim of suggesting robust management strategies with respect to inherent uncertainties and risks.

Food and energy sectors often compete for natural resources, such as water and land. Weather conditions, water availability, market volatility are a few examples of important uncertainties, which should be taken into account, when strategic decisions regarding allocation of resources between sectors and household consumption are made. Regional management aims at economic development that is sustainable in terms of supplying enough food, water, and energy to region’s inhabitants. ASA researchers develop stochastic optimization methods and practices to derive robust solutions in food-water-energy nexus models.

ASA researchers provide methodological support for implementing a stochastic version of the IIASA’s GLOBIOM model, hosted and developed by the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program. It produces robust strategic decisions for optimal planning of the major global land use systems (agriculture, forestry, bio-fuel production), given the constraints on water and other resources, and aims to ensure food and energy security targets are achieved by all countries 

Integrated Analysis and Modeling of Land Use Efficiency and Security under Rapid Agricultural Transformation due to Urban-Rural Dynamics in China

This joint project of the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) develops an integrated methodology for investigating the interplay between urban development and ecological stress in rural mountain areas in China. More

Integrated Modeling of Robust Solutions for Food, Energy, and Water Security Management

The project, which provides policy advice to Ukraine, investigates how the complex linkages and differences between agriculture, energy, and water security can be sustainably developed and coordinated at both the spatial and temporal scales, given the potential systemic risks involved. More

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Yurii Yermoliev

Emeritus Research Scholar Exploratory Modeling of Human-natural Systems Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program

Emeritus Research Scholar Cooperation and Transformative Governance Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program

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