Evaluating FEW Nexus in the Coupled Natural-Human System with Agent-Based Modeling

2018 Fall Cyberseminar Series

Y.C. Ethan Yang / Lehigh University

Talk Description

There are significant knowledge and capability gaps associated with the food-energy-water (FEW) Nexus, particularly in the context of data and modeling. This talk will address these gaps by applying the agent-based modeling (ABM) framework to decipher the complex adaptive FEW Nexus as a coupled natural-human “system of systems.” Dr. Yang will illustrate how to use this ABM tool to evaluate the sustainability of this FEW systems at different temporal and spatial scales driven by changes in both the human and natural domains. He will focus on three particular science questions: how to quantify the human-ecosystem interaction, how to accommodate natural uncertainties in the coupled system, and how to address the human behavior uncertainty in the FEW systems. 

CUAHSI's 2018 Fall Cyberseminar Series: Major Challenges in Key River Basins Around the World

Hosted by Katherine Schlef, CUAHSI

Water management of major transboundary river basins is fascinating in its complexity and is also increasingly challenged by change in both hydro-climatology and human populations. For example, the climatology in large transboundary river basins may be influenced by monsoons, mesoscale convective systems, hurricanes, or orthographic rainfall. The hydrology can be similarly complex, ranging from high-elevation glacier- or snowmelt-fed catchments to completely urban landscapes to low-lying flatlands or arid plains with substantial groundwater interactions. Furthermore, human use of water for agricultural, municipal and industrial, and hydropower generation purposes alters the natural water cycle and can become contentious when water crosses geopolitical boundaries and as demand for water increases. In this seminar series, you will hear perspectives from a diverse set of emerging researchers regarding the challenges and possible solutions facing major transboundary river basins in the world, such as the Indus River Basin in Pakistan, the American and Sacramento River Basins in California, the Ohio River Basin in the United States Midwest, and the Nile River Basin in Ethiopia. You will gain an increased appreciation for the complexity of water management in such basins and will be inspired by the innovative and novel methods being used to solve the many challenges they face.