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DRFEWS

Impacts of Deglobalization on the
Sustainability of Regional Food, Energy, Water Systems

DRFEWS

Study Objectives

Objective 1 - Participatory Modeling and Stakeholder Engagement

Doug Jackson-Smith and Robyn Wilson (co-leaders)

Our Regional Advisory Council and smaller Participatory Modeling Advisory Teams help us check our decisions and assumptions with knowledgeable people throughout the study region. 

 

Objective 2 - Regional Economic Model

Yongyang Cai and Jeffrey Bielicki, co-leaders

See our short video to learn more about the complex connections and data sources we use for our economic modeling.  

 

Objective 3 - Farmer Behavior and Watershed Model

Jay Martin and Robyn Wilson (co-leaders)

Using survey data from regional farmers and landowners we developed a land use change model which uses economic factors to project future land uses. This information will be used in a regional Soil Water Assessment Tool to model water quality for the region under our different scenarios. 

 

Objective 4 - Deglobalization Scenarios

Jeffrey Bielicki and Doug Jackson-Smith (co-leaders)

 

We will compare regional sustainability between 5 different possible future scenarios, which were created from reliable scenario work that is readily available and expert feedback from our participatory groups. 

 

Objective 5 - Integrated Sustainability & Policy Assessment

Bhavik Bakshi and Yongyang Cai (co-leaders)

We combine two different approaches to sustainability assessment -- one which focuses on specific environmental indicators and another approach that is more encompassing and focused on quality of life. 

 

This project is sponsored by The National Science Foundation with support from the Ohio State Sustainability Institute and InFACT (Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation)