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  • Type Discussion paper
  • Date March 9, 2020
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Abstract

Water shortages are a global challenge, with one third of the world’s population still without access to clean water. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries face a scarcity of water resources due to their dry climates. The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) renewable water resources are below the United Nations’ water scarcity threshold, and its water usage far exceeds the natural recharge rate by as much as 26-fold. This study investigates the water-agriculture nexus in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and provides policy options for reducing water use in the agriculture sector to sustainable levels. 

Authors

Noura Mansouri

Senior Research Associate Noura’s previous postings include post-doctoral research fellow at the mechanical engineering department at MIT, manager of strategy and marketing at… Noura's previous postings include post-doctoral research fellow at the mechanical engineering department at MIT, manager of strategy and marketing at AREVA and research assistant at the Center for Global Energy Studies in London. She maintains a visiting scholar status at MIT and is also a World Energy Council Future Energy Leader. Noura has authored papers and studies on energy and transition paths to sustainable economies, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in the Saudi electricity sector, carbon capture and storage, solar photovoltaics, sustainable desalination systems, solar desalination and nuclear desalination in Saudi Arabia.  

Expertise

  • Clean energy transition
  • Energy technology innovation and renewables integration in the electricity grid

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David Wogan

David Wogan

Former Research Associate David is a former research associate who centered on modeling the economics of integrated energy systems, with a focus on Saudi… David is a former research associate who centered on modeling the economics of integrated energy systems, with a focus on Saudi Arabia and the surrounding Gulf countries. His recent studies have focused on the impact of energy price reform on the technology and fuel mix of the Saudi energy sector and the nexus of water, energy, and agriculture. Prior to joining KAPSARC, David led energy efficiency efforts at the municipally-owned electric utility in Austin, Texas and served the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Humaid Kanji

Humaid Kanji

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