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Urban Metabolic Analysis of a Food-Water-Energy System for Sustainable Resources Management

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Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
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Department of Urban Planning, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, University Road, Tainan City 70101, Taiwan
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Department of Agricultural Economics, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(1), 90; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16010090
Received: 9 December 2018 / Revised: 24 December 2018 / Accepted: 25 December 2018 / Published: 30 December 2018
Urban metabolism analyzes the supply and consumption of nutrition, material, energy, and other resources within cities. Food, water, and energy are critical resources for the human society and have complicated cooperative/competitive influences on each other. The management of interactive resources is essential for supply chain analysis. This research analyzes the food-water-energy system of urban metabolism for sustainable resources management. A system dynamics model is established to investigate the urban metabolism of food, water, and energy resources. This study conducts a case study of Shihmen Reservoir system, hydropower generation, paddy rice irrigation of Taoyuan and Shihmen Irrigation Associations, and water consumption in Taoyuan, New Taipei, and Hsinchu cities. The interactive influence of the food-water-energy nexus is quantified in this study; the uncertainty analysis of food, water, and energy nexus is presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban metabolism; food-water-energy; system dynamics simulation urban metabolism; food-water-energy; system dynamics simulation
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Hu, M.-C.; Fan, C.; Huang, T.; Wang, C.-F.; Chen, Y.-H. Urban Metabolic Analysis of a Food-Water-Energy System for Sustainable Resources Management. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 90.

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