Water-energy-climate: interdisciplinary approach to sustainable development (PRA 3)

PRA 3 revolves around the most significant challenges of the 21st century, namely rational water and energy management and limiting climate change. Water and energy resource management depends on particular conditions, such as the availability of critical raw materials, market conditions, international and domestic policies, and the choice of fuels and technologies, including those based on water, sun, wind, biomass, and geothermal resources. All the aforementioned conditions have an impact on the state of the climate and its prospective changes. Essential interdependencies in the field of water and energy management in the era of climate change are reflected in research and scientific works in exact and natural sciences – especially in the following disciplines: Earth sciences, environmental sciences, and physical sciences.

As part of work within the framework of PRA 3, research teams develop and implement research methods aiming to limit the threats posed by particular environmental componets in light of civilisation problems that stem from climate change. Researchers also focus on the implementation of advanced environmental modelling results and the application of innovative information technology tools for practical engineering solutions, as well as the use of water and energy resource management methods to support the processes of adaptation to climate change.

The purpose of the work is to integrate activities that facilitate the measurement and monitoring of the environmental safety demand for water, energy, and food to promote equality between individuals and communities in local and global development programmes. Food production inevitably requires water and energy and is directly dependent on climate change. The integration of solutions based on water and energy resource management to support adaptation processes to climate change is directly linked to the sustainable development goals determined in 2015 by the United Nations and the 2030 Agenda (Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, 2015).