EGU24-2309, updated on 08 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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Facilitating the Planning of integrated Water-Energy-Food-Environment Systems through Open Software

Julian Fleischmann, Werner Platzer, Lars Ribbe, Alexandra Nauditt, and Philipp Blechinger
Julian Fleischmann et al.
  • Reiner Lemoine Institute, Off-Grid, Germany (

Addressing climate change, environmental degradation, and resource scarcity while ensuring the 
basic supply of the growing earth population are fundamental global challenges. In this context, 
the integration of water, energy, food, and environment systems for tapping cross-sectoral 
synergies and minimizing trade-offs presents a profound opportunity. However, despite their 
huge potential, integrated water-energy-food-environment systems (iWEFEs) are rarely put 
into practice because of, among others, a lack of site-specific data and open tools to describe, 
model, and plan such integrated infrastructure systems. The project addresses this 
gap through open software developed in a scientific process and applied to respective case studies.
The three main research and software development pillars of the project are the following:
1. Conceptualization of open water, energy, food, and environment modeling framework –
OWEFE enabling the development of an open iWEFEs component database
2. Facilitation and automation of WEFE data collection and analysis - WEFE Site Analyst
3. Development of a software-based configurator for site-tailored iWEFEs – iWEFEs 
The open software tools shall support small communities, end-users, and NGOs to improve local
water, energy, and food security while protecting the climate and the environment.

How to cite: Fleischmann, J., Platzer, W., Ribbe, L., Nauditt, A., and Blechinger, P.: Facilitating the Planning of integrated Water-Energy-Food-Environment Systems through Open Software, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-2309,, 2024.