Amanda Fencl

Staff Scientist (former)


Davis, CA
amanda.fencl@sei-us.org
skype: amanda.fencl
+1 (530) 753-3035 x8#

Amanda worked in the Water Resources Program in the Davis, CA, office of SEI-U.S. Her research interests lie at the intersection of climate change and sustainable development, with a focus on vulnerability and adaptation to the impacts of climate change on water systems.

From 2007 until her departure in 2013, Amanda provided technical assistance to developing countries primarily for assessments of vulnerability to adverse climate change impacts and integration of climate risks into local, national, and regional policies and planning processes. Through her work at SEI, Amanda has contributed to climate change adaptation planning in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Prior to joining SEI, Amanda spent 4 years working for the Tufts Climate Initiative and the Office of Sustainability on an array of campus greening and outreach projects. While at Tufts, she spent 5 months in Madagascar studying ecology, conservation, and sustainable livelihoods. Her interdisciplinary thesis explored the relationship between microcredit, social-ecological resilience, and sustainable development in Tuléar, Madagascar.

Amanda was a 2006 Udall Foundation Scholar, a Tufts Institute of the Environment Undergraduate Research Fellow, and an International Relations Summer Scholar. She received her B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Studies from Tufts University in 2007. As a 2011 Across Borders Fellow, she spent July 2011 exploring trans-boundary environmental resource issues in the Middle East.


Recent Publications by Amanda Fencl

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Testing a multi-scale scenario approach for smallholder tree plantations in Indonesia and Vietnam

Technological Forecasting and Social Change 80(4), 762-771

Author(s): Dermawana, A. ; Kemp-Benedict, E. ; Huber-Lee, A. ; Fencl, A.
Year: 2013

Research Area(s): Sustainable Futures

Description: This article presents a participatory method for constructing cross-scale scenario logics, which applies when different locales are embedded within a common higher-level scenario. Smallholder tree plantations are seen as promising routes to alleviating poverty and increasing forest area among the countries in Southeast Asia. However, implementation has been disappointing, which led scientists at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) to consider a scenario exercise as a way to mitigate the risk of unwanted outcomes. The authors chose an explicitly multi-scale approach, and applied the method during two scenario workshops held to explore the use of smallholder tree plantations in efforts to improve rural livelihoods; each workshop considered two different localities. From these experiences, they discuss and critique the method.
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Water for Electricity: Resource Scarcity, Climate Change and Business in a Finite World

SEI Project Report

Author(s): Fencl, A. ; Clark, V. ; Mehta, V. ; Purkey, D. ; Davis, M. ; Yates, D.
Year: 2012

Research Area(s): Water Resources ; Energy Modeling ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This report, based on research conducted as part of a partnership between the business leaders' initiative 3C (Combat Climate Change) and SEI, examines the potential impact of low-carbon electricity generation technologies on water resources – and how these water considerations might shape renewable-generation choices. The need to keep climate change within safe thresholds will require rapid emission reductions, and widespread deployment of low-carbon technologies to help achieve them. Yet some low-carbon energy sources require considerable amounts of water. Given competing demands, resource depletion and projected climate impacts, sufficient water may not always be available. The authors examine the water use implications of different electricity generation pathways, as well as potential ways to reduce the water use of electricity generation technologies, and they provide a case study of water and energy considerations in California, a renewable-energy leader.
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Biomass in a Low-Carbon Economy: Resource Scarcity, Climate Change, and Business in a Finite World (Policy brief)

SEI Policy Brief

Author(s): Kemp-Benedict, E. ; Kartha, S. ; Fencl, A.
Year: 2012

Research Area(s): Sustainable Futures ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This policy brief, based on a report produced through a partnership between the business leaders' initiative 3C (Combat Climate Change) and the Stockholm Environment Institute, gauges the availability of biomass for low-carbon energy and other uses in the context of sustainability and competing demands. It explores four scenarios for future biomass use, depending on the relative emphasis on climate change mitigation, agriculture, or both, and finds that while all of the scenarios require trade-offs, a "Sustainability Transition" that uses biomass for food, energy, industrial materials, and more could yield great benefits, helping address the urgent climate problem while spurring improvements in agriculture to boost food production and result in new agricultural products.
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Biomass in a Low-Carbon Economy: Resource Scarcity, Climate Change, and Business in a Finite World

SEI Project Report

Author(s): Kemp-Benedict, E. ; Kartha, S. ; Fencl, A.
Year: 2012

Research Area(s): Sustainable Futures ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This report, produced through a partnership between the business leaders' initiative 3C (Combat Climate Change) and the Stockholm Environment Institute, gauges the availability of biomass for low-carbon energy and other uses in the context of sustainability and competing demands. It explores four scenarios for future biomass use, depending on the relative emphasis on climate change mitigation, agriculture, or both, and finds that while all of the scenarios require trade-offs, a "Sustainability Transition" that uses biomass for food, energy, industrial materials, and more could yield great benefits, helping address the urgent climate problem while spurring improvements in agriculture to boost food production and result in new agricultural products.
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Water scarcity and climate change adaptation for Yemen's vulnerable communities

Local Environment 16:5, 473-488

Author(s): Haideraab, M. ; Fencl, A. ; Dougherty, B. ; Swartz, C. ; Alhakimibc, S.A.; Noamanab, A.; Al Kebsic, A.; Noamand, A.
Year: 2011

Research Area(s): Water Resources

Description: Yemen faces formidable freshwater management challenges, exacerbated by substantial population growth, degrading environmental quality and uncertainty about possible climate change impacts. Here the authors use the Water Resources Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) software to evaluate water needs and scarcity for three case study areas in Yemen representing different ecological conditions (Sana'a, Sadah, and Aden City) under a range of scenarios that include potential climate change and adaptation strategies. The modeled results suggest that current and predicted patterns of water consumption will soon fully deplete available supplies, and are a bigger driver of vulnerability than potential climate change for the region.
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