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Climate and the Energy-Water Nexus By

Thursday February 20, 2020
5:00 pm


 Presenter:  Kristen Averyt
Research Professor
UNLV
 Series:  Sigma Xi Public Talk
 Abstract:  Energy production requires water, and water treatment and distribution require energy. The United States has seen collisions at this energy-water nexus, where insufficient resources in one sector impact the reliability of the other. Further, climate change and population growth impact the supply and demand balance for both energy and water resources, creating additional difficulties. As the challenges of rising temperatures, declining water availability, drought, changing energy demands, and escalating water needs shift the connections at energy and water, it becomes clear that solutions to each problem must consider cascading effects on the others. This seminar will outline the core concepts of the energy-water nexus, how this issue has manifest in different parts of the United States, and recent research evaluating U.S. electricity system optimization under different climate conditions.
 Host:  Harjit Ahluwalia
 Location:  Room C, UNM Conference Center

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