Texas A&M collaborates with University of California on grant to fund food, energy, water research

Four Texas A&M University professors are collaborating with University of California-Riverside researchers to study and improve decision-making processes related to food, energy and water resources, or FEW.

Dr. Bruce McCarl, Department of Agriculture Economics University Distinguished and Regents professor; Dr. Efstratios Pistikopoulos, Department of Chemical Engineering Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Distinguished Research professor; Dr. Rabi Mohtar, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering TEES Research professor; and Dr. Raghavan Srinivasan, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management Regents Fellow professor; are part of a $2.4 million, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation.

The Texas A&M team will work with the University of California-Riverside team of Dr. Kurt Schwabe, a professor of environmental economics and policy; Dr. Hoori Ajami, assistant professor of groundwater hydrology; and Dr. Laosheng Wu, a professor of soil physics and water management specialist; to develop modeling systems for future FEW decision-making that will be shared with industry stakeholders, agencies and policy specialists, particularly those in areas that already are experiencing resource scarcities.

The grant will focus on two regions of the American Southwest that have experienced resource scarcities in recent years — Southern California and Southern Texas — to better understand the complicated intersections between food production, energy use and production, and water use and production.

Read the complete University of California-Riverside news release.

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