Workshop Report: Developing a Research Agenda for the Energy-Water Nexus

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The energy-water nexus has attracted public scrutiny because of the concerns about their interdependence and the possibility for cascading vulnerabilities from one system to the other. There are trends toward more water intensive energy, (such as biofuels, unconventional oil and gas production, and regulations driving more water consumption for thermoelectric power production) and more energy intensive water (such as desalination, or deeper ground water pumping and production). To address these and other concerns, the National Science Foundation sponsored a workshop in June 2013 to bring together technical, academic, and industry experts from across the country to help develop a research agenda. The results of the workshop are presented in this report, which includes the highest priority research directions identified, plus supporting materials.

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