How a changing climate affects the food, energy, and water nexus
Adapting to climate change has been a key issue in the examination of the food, energy, water (FEW) nexus. In California, FEW nexus issues and climate change adaptation are a top priority for the agriculture sector, balancing limited supplies of water with the need to produce a significant portion of U.S. produce. The consecutive occurrence of drought and reduction in natural water availability over the past several decades requires searching for alternative water sources. One alternative irrigation water source that could be further expanded is oilfield produced water (OPW) generated from oilfields adjacent to agricultural areas. This practice started in the 1990s but is gaining popularity in other states and regions looking to adopt similar beneficial use practices. To evaluate whether expanded OPW usage could provide a safe and sustainable irrigation water source, we studied the potential crop health and human health risks of utilizing OPW to irrigate crops in the California Central Valley.
As part of the Climate Changes Webinar Series, join our webinar to hear a discussion on the need for alternative irrigation water sources and key findings from a Duke and RTI International study funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food and Agriculture grant, and conversation on the growing application of FEW nexus research globally.
Attendees will learn more about:
- The interconnectedness of food, energy, and water systems,
- the need for safe and sustainable water to support food production,
- and growing applications of FEW nexus research globally.
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