GEP  Vol.5 No.4 , April 2017
Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A Coupled Simulation and Optimization Framework
Abstract: Water, Energy and Food (WEF) nexus systems are developed to model and analyze interactions across and between WEF sectors. WEF nexus simulation models permit evaluating the direct and indirect WEF quantitative interaction effects in response to change of technology and/or demand. Optimization models can help to find the optimal combinations of WEF nexus system policy options and parameters that lead to the best performance of the system. This paper describes a framework for integrating quantitative WEF nexus simulation model (the Q-Nexus Model) with an optimization tool, which will give policy makers the ability to compromise best policy options based on WEF nexus simulator. The developed method is then applied to the numerical experiment and the results are discussed. Lastly, the conclusions and further developments are presented.
Cite this paper: Karnib, A. (2017) Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A Coupled Simulation and Optimization Framework. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 5, 84-98. doi: 10.4236/gep.2017.54008.

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