Vulnerabilities and opportunities at the nexus of electricity, water and climate

Peter C. Frumhoff, Virginia Burkett, Robert B. Jackson, Robin Newmark, Jonathan Overpeck, Michael Webber

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The articles in this special issue examine the critical nexus of electricity, water, and climate, emphasizing connections among resources; the prospect of increasing vulnerabilities of water resources and electricity generation in a changing climate; and the opportunities for research to inform integrated energy and water policy and management measures aimed at reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience. Here, we characterize several major themes emerging from this research and highlight some of the uptake of this work in both scientific and public spheres. Underpinning much of this research is the recognition that water resources are expected to undergo substantial changes based on the global warming that results primarily from fossil energy-based carbon emissions. At the same time, the production of electricity from fossil fuels, nuclear power, and some renewable technologies (biomass, geothermal and concentrating solar power) can be highly water-intensive. Energy choices now and in the near future will have a major impact not just on the global climate, but also on water supplies and the resilience of energy systems that currently depend heavily on them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number080201
JournalEnvironmental Research Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 4 2015


  • adaptation
  • climate
  • electricity
  • resilience
  • vulnerability
  • water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Environmental Science
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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