Call for presentations: Water-Energy-Food AGU session

Dear W-E-F Colleagues:

We are inviting experts studying the Water-Energy-Food (W-E-F) to present their findings (oral papers and posters) at scientific session GC002 of the 2017 Amerian Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting.  We are particuarly keen to obtain perspectives gained from the INFEWS program and Future Earth’s W-E-F Nexus Cluster project.

GC002 Session Description: Natural scientists often highlight that without accurate measurements of a phenomenon we cannot manage that phenomenon.  However, when optimizing the co-management of resources for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus to maximize benefits and outputs, minimize environmental impacts and ensure future sustainability, data alone are insufficient.  Some experts insist that appropriate policies, cooperation and transparency are the missing ingredients for improved management of the W-E-F Nexus. This session is intended to bring together scientists, engineers and other experts who have worked on at least two of the three interfaces in the W-E-F Nexus to show the relative importance of contributions from scientific understanding, data, models and analysis tools, and to discuss obstacles that affect the optimal application of these data to produce better decisions. Topics that are of particular relevance include observations and information systems, models and scenario development, technologies that benefit W-E-F Nexus and the role of policy and regulations in faclitating multisector planning, technologies and innovation.  The session will also explore significant knowledge gaps and data needs, analytical tools and models to improve our understanding of the the interactions between Water, Energy and Food on various scales.

Abstracts can be submitted at Please indicate your preference for an oral or a poster presentation. The final decision regarding your presentation will be made by the Fall Meeting Program Committee.

In addition to submitting an abstract to the AGU, we would also invite you to consider submitting a paper to a special collection in Frontiers in Environmental Science, an on-line open access journal. As a first step in the process we are inviting those who are interested in contributing to send an extended abstract to the lead session convener (below) by September 30, 2017.  These longer abstracts and the AGU presentations will serve as the first step in the review process.  Even if you are not interested in the special issue we would still strongly encouage you to submit an abstract to the session “GC002: Achieving Water-Energy-Food Nexus Sustainability: a Science and Data Need, or a Need for Integrated Public Policy?” and be part of oyur discussions in New Orleans.

Dates to remember:

The 2017 AGU Fall Meeting will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, 11–15 December.

The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, 2 August 23:59 EDT.


Richard Lawford, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD,

Elisabeth Bowley, Frontiers, Lausanne, Switzerland,

Rabi Mohtar, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX,

Brandi Schottel, National Science Foudation, Virginia,