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Examining the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus in West Hawaii

We are extending our current NSF Coastal SEES research by identifying more directly the inherent food-energy-water (FEW) nexus surrounding one of our study sites, Kaʻupulehu

We are extending our current NSF Coastal SEES research by identifying more directly the inherent food-energy-water (FEW) nexus present surrounding one of our study sites, Ka'upulehu. Located on the leeward coast of HawaiÊ»i Island, the challenges and opportunities faced in this dry region are representative of those faced in dry regions across HawaiÊ»i and the Pacific, which are also home to the majority of the human population on these islands. We will identify the trade-offs and synergies between food, energy and water for (a) the land-use scenarios we are currently exploring; as well as (b) two new energy production scenarios (solar and biomass).  This will include assessing how forecasted changes in energy prices affect the desirability of food versus energy production in this region. In terms of food production, we consider production both on the land and from near-shore reefs.  For each scenario, we will also evaluate the economic costs and benefits as well as the cultural implications, in terms of those cultural factors identified as key to social resilience.


Supported by: National Science Foundation

 

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