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In this course you will become familiar with the ideas of the water-energy-food nexus and transdisciplinary thinking. You will learn to see your community or country as a complex social-ecological system and to describe its water, energy and food metabolism in the form of a pattern, as well as to map the categories of social actors. We will provide you with the tools to measure the nexus elements and to analyze them in a coherent way across scales and dimensions of analysis. In this way, your quantitative analysis will become useful for informed decision-making. You will be able to detect and quantify dependence on non-renewable resources and externalization of environmental problems to other societies and ecosystems (a popular ‘solution’ in the western world). Practical case studies, from both developed and developing countries, will help you evaluate the state-of-play of a given community or country and to evaluate possible solutions. Last but not least, you will learn to see pressing social-ecological issues, such as energy poverty, water scarcity and inequity, from a radically different perspective, and to question everything you’ve been told so far. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Part of the results and case studies presented have been developed within two projects: MAGIC and PARTICIPIA. However, the course does not reflect the views of the funding institutions or of the project partners as a whole, and the case studies were presented purely with an educational and illustrative purpose....
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Introduction

Welcome to our course on the sustainability of social-ecological systems! Before getting started, we suggest you take a couple of minutes to read the information about the course and about the platform as given below. ...
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Welcome learners!10分鐘
Course organization10分鐘
Grading and logistics10分鐘
Acknowledgement10分鐘
FAQ - General topics10分鐘
FAQ- Time management10分鐘
FAQ - Quizzes and assignment10分鐘
FAQ - Certificate10分鐘
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MODULE 1. Introducing the basic concepts

In this first week we will look at the nexus from a different perspective: What is the nexus? Why is it getting all this attention right now? Is it just a buzzword, or something more? We will start by explaining what the nexus means in terms of complexity and propose the basic concepts needed for a metabolic analysis of the nexus. It might take a while to get your head around these concepts, but they are essential to understand what comes next. Finally, we will give examples of “elephants in the room” in the sustainability discourse – to show you that mainstream narratives are not always right....
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The challenges faced in nexus analysis17分鐘
Examples of “different” analyses of the nexus14分鐘
Basic concepts of metabolic analysis12分鐘
The bio-phsyical roots of metabolic patterns9分鐘
Too rich to be green12分鐘
The “intolerable” dependence on fossil fuel imports10分鐘
Circular economy, Bioeconomy and Zero-emissions14分鐘
Jevon’s paradox and the myth of resource efficiency as a solution for sustainability9分鐘
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Quiz 150分鐘

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MODULE 2. Acknowledging the poor quality of existing quantitative analyses

This week is all about narratives, framing and complexity. You will see how different narratives affect quantitative assessments, and why numbers aren’t always right. We will delve deeper into the theoretical basis of complex systems, and propose alternative ways of doing sustainability analysis, through the use of grammars. ...
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The fragility of numbers10分鐘
Handling the issue of scale15分鐘
Narratives vs. Storytelling12分鐘
The identity in Complex Systems11分鐘
The Concept of Holon16分鐘
Grammars: how to keep quantitative analysis semantically open10分鐘
Mosaic Effect: integrating quantitative analysis across different hierarchical levels17分鐘
The Sudoku Effect – how to handle impredicativity in quantitative analysis11分鐘
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Quiz 230分鐘

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Module 3. The challenge of food accounting

Having introduced the basis of metabolic analysis and complex systems, we will now focus on the different elements of the nexus, starting with food. We will start by answering some seemingly basic questions: what do we mean by food, and how can it be accounted? Which qualities of food can and cannot be accounted for in terms of numbers? Practical examples will guide you along the way, and by the end of the week you will see why the current agricultural system is unsustainable to its core....
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An example of an integrated quantitative analysis of food metabolism: Ecuador13分鐘
What are qualities of the produced food that cannot be considered in qualitative analysis?18分鐘
Pre-industrial metabolic pattern18分鐘
Technological lock-in of agriculture11分鐘
The post harvest sector16分鐘
Feeding the cities12分鐘
The mission impossible of agriculture in modern times16分鐘
Multifunctional agriculture15分鐘
Quiz1 個練習
Quiz 330分鐘

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Module 4. The challenge of energy accounting

This week we will look at energy. As we did for food, we will start by looking at the problems of energy accounting, and setting a framework to allow us to carry out energy analyses across levels and scales. You will see why energy accounting is one of the most problematic aspects of sustainability, and through the example of the Energiewende we will explore how this affects policy....
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9 個視頻(共 123 分鐘), 1 個測驗
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Exosomatic Metabolism11分鐘
EROI a critical appraisal14分鐘
Energy grammar13分鐘
Functional and structural components12分鐘
Quality of PES13分鐘
Energy efficiency for policy targets12分鐘
The problem with agro-biofuels13分鐘
Energiewende and the problem of intermittents9分鐘
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Quiz 420分鐘
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創建者 ALMar 31st 2018

Everybody should learn this !\n\nIt will change my way of looking at sustainability as promised by Prof. Giampietro.\n\nTHX

講師

Mario Giampietro

ICREA Research Professor
Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA)

Andrea Saltelli

Guest researcher
Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA)

Tarik Serrano

Post-Doc Researcher
Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA)

關於 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is a public university located in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. International in its outlook, it is fully consolidated within its local surroundings, and offers quality education in close association with research activity, the transfer of scientific, technological, cultural and educational knowledge, the promotion of its human potential and the responsible management of available resources. The UAB currently offers 81 degrees, 130 official Master Programmes and 183 UAB-specific Masters Degrees. In addition, it offers 174 lifelong learning programmes and 65 PhD Programmes, 27 of which have been distinguished through Quality Awards. The UAB has a total of over 3,500 teaching and research staff, over 2,000 administrative staff and over 40,000 students....

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