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Interactive Visualisation of Sustainability Indicators for Water, Energy and Food Innovations

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School of Design & Informatics, Abertay University, Dundee DD1 1HG, UK
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School of Applied Sciences, Abertay University, Dundee DD1 1HG, UK
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Academic Editor: Pietro E. Campana
Water 2021, 13(11), 1571; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13111571
Received: 30 April 2021 / Revised: 20 May 2021 / Accepted: 25 May 2021 / Published: 1 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Sustainable Development)
The Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus describes the synergies and trade-offs between water, energy and food. Despite the significant attention that the WEF nexus has received in recent years, challenges remain, primarily related to gaps in integrated data, information and knowledge related to the most critical inter-linkages and their dynamics. These WEF nexus complexities and uncertainty make decision-making and future forecasting extremely difficult. Policy makers and other stakeholders are currently faced with the task of understanding longer term environmental impacts and tJhe benefits and limitations of innovations that could be potentially beneficial, such as Anaerobic Digestion as a waste solution or insect protein production. This paper describes an approach to support decision making for local-level innovations within the WEF nexus by creating a set of sustainability indicators and an accompanying interactive visualisation. The indicators were derived from stakeholder consultation processes and workshops, and they were selected to include a much broader assessment than just financial aspects when considering the viability of such innovations. By taking this bottom-up approach and placing stakeholders at the heart of the project, we produced a visualisation tool to support sustainable decision making when considering the implementation of WEF innovations. Considering other, often overlooked factors and giving greater priority to these deepens knowledge and the recognition of influential issues that in conventional processes may be overlooked. This visualisation tool is designed to support decision makers to engage in a exploration of the different interlinkages, and to be the basis of stakeholder dialogue around sustainability. The visualisation tool developed was designed to be easily modifiable in order to be updated with new insights and to include other future innovations. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability indicators; WEF nexus; decision support; sustainability innovations; complexity; AD; interactive visualisation; SDGs sustainability indicators; WEF nexus; decision support; sustainability innovations; complexity; AD; interactive visualisation; SDGs
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Forbes, P.J.; Falconer, R.E.; Gilmour, D.; Panayotov, N. Interactive Visualisation of Sustainability Indicators for Water, Energy and Food Innovations. Water 2021, 13, 1571. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13111571

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Forbes PJ, Falconer RE, Gilmour D, Panayotov N. Interactive Visualisation of Sustainability Indicators for Water, Energy and Food Innovations. Water. 2021; 13(11):1571. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13111571

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Forbes, Paula J., Ruth E. Falconer, Daniel Gilmour, and Nikolay Panayotov. 2021. "Interactive Visualisation of Sustainability Indicators for Water, Energy and Food Innovations" Water 13, no. 11: 1571. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13111571

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