Abstract for: Modelling the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A System Dynamics Approach

Given rising global economic and climate concerns, increasing resources have been put into investigating the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus. However, as much as a substantial amount of research on each component of these resources has already been conducted, we face knowledge gaps with regards to understanding the trade-offs between the nexus. This project aims to examine and illustrate the linkages within the nexus through systems thinking and system dynamics methodology in the context of Singapore’s resource management strategies. Each of these resource systems and the corresponding interdependencies can be addressed by specific policies targeted towards sustainable development. Accordingly, this project reports on the model and simulation results to demonstrate the complex interdependencies within the WEF nexus. Important leverage points between the interlinkages of the nexus were also highlighted, and relevant policies were recommended.