An integrated decision support system for the urban food-water-energy nexus: methodology, modification, and model formulation

Maryam Ghodsvali (Corresponding author), Gamze Z. Dane, Bauke de Vries

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Making cities more sustainable relies on opportunities to optimally integrate and manage food, water, and energy resources, among other essential requirements for the thriving of every society, in a synergistic manner. By means of decision support tools and the development of policy scenarios, cities can better understand how sustainability may be achieved by the optimal integration of the natural resources. Although increasingly employed, the need remains for an integrative decision-making methodology and tool that supports the incorporation of food, water, and energy sectors and the corresponding environmental and social footprints into a general framework, and quantitatively investigating the complicated synergies to optimize nexus strategies from a holistic point of view. This research develops an integrated decision-support system by means of a spatial optimization game model that searches for optimal resource management solutions through a cooperative scenario-building environment. The design of the proposed system relies on an innovative combination of methods capable of navigating decision-making through complex systems modeling and planning. This includes multi-objective optimization and cooperative game theory in the frame of a spatial serious gaming environment for real-world implementation. Relying on such an algorithmic framework, this research provides the foundation for a spatial serious game that enables forecasting the impact of policy interventions based on socio-economic drivers of the demand for the resources, environmental carrying capacity, land management, and primary climate change drivers. The outcomes serve as strategic guidelines for policymakers and encourage effective decision-making related to maximizing socio-economic targets and minimizing environmental burdens.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101940
Number of pages14
JournalComputers, Environment and Urban Systems
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


This work was supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in the framework of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe , with support from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program under grant agreement No 730254 .

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Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Horizon 2020730254


    • Food-water-energy nexus
    • Integrated decision support systems
    • Spatial multi-objective optimization
    • Cooperative game theory
    • Transdisciplinarity


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