Articles | Volume 23, issue 10
Research article
08 Oct 2019
Research article |  | 08 Oct 2019

WHAT-IF: an open-source decision support tool for water infrastructure investment planning within the water–energy–food–climate nexus

Raphaël Payet-Burin, Mikkel Kromann, Silvio Pereira-Cardenal, Kenneth Marc Strzepek, and Peter Bauer-Gottwein


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (16 Aug 2019) by Nadia Ursino
AR by Raphaël Payet-Burin on behalf of the Authors (23 Aug 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (04 Sep 2019) by Nadia Ursino
Short summary
We present an open-source tool for water infrastructure investment planning considering interrelations between the water, food, and energy systems. We apply it to the Zambezi River basin to evaluate economic impacts of hydropower and irrigation development plans. We find trade-offs between the development plans and sensitivity to uncertainties (e.g. climate change, carbon taxes, capital costs of solar technologies, environmental policies) demonstrating the necessity for an integrated approach.