Project 1.1

Gridded modeling of the energy-water-land nexus

Investigators: Hertel (lead), Diffenbaugh, Frolking, Lammers, Schlenker, Webster

Project 1.1 focuses on questions related to extreme climate events, their effects on the energy- water-land system, and adaptation options in the contiguous U.S. To address these questions, fine-scale spatial and temporal analysis of the EWL system is necessary in order to capture the frequency, intensity and impacts of extreme climate events, as well as to understand the infrastructure needs for adaptation to these events. Our approach involves coupling fine-scale process models (water balance, power system and agricultural impact models) with a simplified gridded economic model (SIMPLE) of the U.S.

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