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Context-sensitive implementation of synergistic water-energy systems - University of South Florida

This PIRE project with academic partners from Europe (U.K., the Netherlands and the Czech Republic) and the Caribbean Basin (U.S. Virgin Islands, Belize, Mexico) addresses integrated water and energy systems fundamental to social, economic and environmental well-being and prosperity. The project seeks to merge water and energy concerns with appropriate cultural models of local knowledge, institutions and resource limits. Engineering systems will be adapted to environmental and cultural changes associated with growth in human populations, urbanization, and resource consumption. A team of researchers from engineering, anthropology, marine science, and science education will work to develop a model to address the overarching research question: can effective, geographically-appropriate and culturally relevant engineered systems be established that utilize wastewater as a resource for recovery of energy, water and nutrients? Research tasks address advancing the methods and materials involved in the technologies themselves, and steps needed to protect human health and explore these technologies in the context of geographical location and environmental impacts.

Advancing earth dam and levee sustainability through monitoring science and condition assessment - Colorado School of Mines

In this project, researchers from the Colorado School of Mines, Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi are collaborating with Dutch and French researchers to advance education and research in the sustainability of earth dams and levees (EDLs). EDLs represent critical infrastructure that provides flood protection, fresh water storage and renewable energy to developed and developing nations. The science and engineering community knows relatively little about
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