Data Collection Guideline for Water-Energy-Food Nexus Digital Twin

Saeed, Nagham ORCID:, Ardakanian, Atiyeh, Trout, A, Choe Peng, L and Hui Weng, G (2024) Data Collection Guideline for Water-Energy-Food Nexus Digital Twin. In: EGU General Assembly 2024, 14-19 Apr 2024, Vienna, Austria.

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Achieving food security for the growing human population without widespread environmental degradation is one of the biggest challenges of the twenty-first century. Constructed wetlands (CWs) are an excellent example of how the integrated management of water-energy-food nexus in a single system can effectively reverse environmental degradation. CWs are artificial wetlands engineered to provide multiple ecosystem services to semi-arid areas; by treating wastewater and storm-water runoff through microorganisms (as much as 90%), while also providing habitat for wildlife and producing food, through low-tech methods that contribute to significant cost savings. Although these benefits have been locally demonstrated on a small scale, the quantitative benefits across all three resources have not been widely realised.In this project, and for the first time, Digital Twins (DT) will represent the virtual environment of a CW in Malaysia. The prototype will be developed based on a successfully operating CW in a remote village in Cyprus. Consecutively, this will be tested and validated by implementing it in a similar CW in SA and Malaysia. This, will enable us to simulate how different processes and equipment configurations affect energy consumption, water quality and the crops that are being yielded from the treated water. The use of the DT will break the silos around the water-energy-food sectors and will add to the understanding of the nexus concept, minimise the risk of costly failures, and allow for more rapid innovation and development through integration. Additionally, by providing a shared, interactive platform for understanding and exploring complex systems, DT can help to build a more informed and engaged leadership and community around water-energy-food nexus projects in the global south. DT can revolutionise how we approach projects involving the water-energy-food nexus allowing more efficient and effective decision-making, by optimising the interlinkages and interdependencies of these three resources/sectors.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Depositing User: Nagham Saeed
Date Deposited: 07 May 2024 08:13
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 08:13


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