The Water Network of the United States

2019 Winter Cyberseminar Series

Tara Troy / Lehigh University

Talk Description

Quantifying the food-energy-water network in the United States and its dynamics is critical to plan for a resilient, sustainable country in the coming decades. As part of a larger food-energy-water series, this webinar will focus on water and its links to food and energy over the contiguous US. We have assembled a water dataset that links the water available, with an emphasis on surface water, with water used for energy generation, food production, domestic use, and other commercial and industrial uses. Connecting the supply and demand allows for identification of counties and sectors that are heavily dependent on upstream water sources and/or vulnerable to upstream water use.

Note: The recording will be published at a later date due to unpublished work.

CUAHSI's 2019 Winter Cyberseminar Series: The U.S. Food Energy and Water System at the Mesoscale

Hosted by Benjamin Ruddell, Northern Arizona University

The Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) system in the United States is characterized by connections at all scales, but especially by connections at the mesoscale defined by watersheds, cities, irrigation districts, and counties. At these scales transfers of water, flows of goods and services, and socio-economic gradients form the patterns that capture most of the structure in the complete FEW system. This cyberseminar series presents the current work on the mesoscale FEW system in the U.S., including studies of its network structure, its embedded resources and footprints, its boundaries, its stakeholders, its vulnerability and resilience dynamics, and emerging data products and best practices.