Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

AWMC Seminar Program: Quantifying Water, Energy, and Human interactions: Pathways for building urban system sustainability – a global perspective

Dr Steve Conrad (Associate Research Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, The University of British Columbia)
Abstract: One of the most pressing issues in environmental and resource management is managing the intersection between energy, water, and human systems. Urban centers exert pressure on environmental systems, demanding more and more water and energy flows. Likewise, water and energy system resiliency are crucial for achieving urban sustainability. Managers and policy makers need information on how to manage these intersections, assess the urban water and energy footprint, quantify socio-economic aspects of new technologies, and develop policies that reduce the environmental impact of urban systems. Contributing to this need, my presentation will highlight my research on the role of energy management in water utility systems, game strategies for building cross-sector capacity, coupled socio-hydrological approaches that combine socio-economic sciences and systems modelling, and quantifying the opportunity for distributed energy resources in water and wastewater systems. This includes research with UQ on collaborative international projects focussed on integrated water energy planning and renewable energy integration to urban water systems. I will end with comment on how continued systems integration research creates opportunity for focussing infrastructure design and investment towards solutions which simultaneously address uncertain water futures, promote renewable energy goals, and the need to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

AWMC hosts a free seminar every Friday from 9am.

Event Details
Date & Time: 
Friday, 21 June 2019
9am - 10am
Venue: AIBN Building 75, Level 1 Seminar Room

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