Meeting the Global Sustainable Development Goals on a Changing Planet with Limited Land and Water Resources

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Research Highlights

Employing Global-to-Local Analysis of Systems Sustainability Approach


Launch of Global Futures: Assessing the global economic impacts of environmental change to support policy-making. Check out the summary report, technical report and a Science paper!


An Applied Research Consortium Focused on the Sustainable Development Goals Will Benefit a Wide Array of Stakeholders

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National policy makers

evaluating the consequences of local actions, including trade-offs (e.g., usda, doe, epa, fao) and adaptation options (e.g., trade, technology investments, water governance)
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seeking to understand future infrastructure needs
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Local communities

developing climate adaptation projects and assessing risk management options
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Scientific community

of practice compiling a shared repository of boundary conditions, data and scenarios to mediate between global and local studies


January 27, 2020 - The GLASS team will host a conference on "Managing the Global Commons: Sustainable agriculture and use of the world's land and water resources in the 21st Century" on April 2-3, 2020. Check out the conference description and program here!

August 12, 2019 - Check out a new online short course on multi-scale analysis of sustainability published by the GLASS team!

April 30, 2018 - Purdue held a symposium on global food security on Monday, April 30 to mark the visit to campus of former Indiana Senator and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair, Richard Lugar. Dr. Hertel took the opportunity to discuss GLASS and its relevance to addressing food security in an era of globalization. (press release 1  press release 2  more photos).

November 22, 2017 - Carbon’s economic damage costlier than thought based on current science (press release 1  press release 2  access the paper).

October 10, 2017 - The GLASS team published a study recently in the journal Environmental Research Letters on how sustainable irrigation may harm other development goals (press release  access the paper).

August 10, 2017 - Purdue research team works to meet the United nations' sustainable development goals (read more)

March 9, 2017 - The GLASS initiative is among the Purdue's Discovery Park Big Idea Challenge winners (read more)

What’s New



A review of global-local-global linkages in economic land-use/coverchange models by Thomas Hertel, Thales A P West, Jan Börner and Nelson B Villoria, Environmental Research Letters, Vol 14, May 3, 2019.


New Damage Functions for the Agricultural Sector by Frances Moore, University of California Davis, Nov 28, 2017

Welcome to GLASS by Thomas Hertel, Purdue University, October 12, 2017


Hertel, T.W., based on joint work with Uris L.C. Baldos and Frances Moore, “Assessing the Inter-regional Incidence of Climate Impacts on Agriculture”, Presented as part of the ISEE Congress on Climate Change, University of Illinois, September 19, 2017.

Hertel, T.W., based on joint work with Jing Liu, Uris Baldos, Christopher Kucharik, Larissa Jarvis and Navin Ramankutty, “From Global to Local: Understanding the Drivers of Nitrogen Fertilizer Use and Leaching in the United States”, AAEA Annual meetings, Chicago, August 1, 2017.


Managing the Global Commons: Sustainable agriculture and use of the world's land and water resources in the 21st Century
April 2-3, 2020
The GLASS team will host this conference at Purdue University (More details here)

The 2018 Conference on Long Run Sustainability of US Agriculture,  September 17, 2018
Dr. Thomas Hertel (Purdue University) will host this conference at the National Press Club, Washington DC (More details here)

Sustainability and Development Conference, November 9-11, 2018, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI. 
Dr. David Johnson of Purdue University is the organizer and facilitator of the "A3. Open-Source Analysis of SDGs at the Food-Water-Energy Nexus Using Global, Gridded Modeling" workshop (More details here).

Jan 3-4, 2018, USDA-AFRI Long Run Sustainability Project All Hands Meeting, Purdue University

January 4, 2018, Mellon Workshop on Nitrate Leaching, Purdue University

The GLASS team will organize a Purdue/Mellon Foundation Grand Challenges workshop on nitrate leaching in the Corn Belt in the afternoon of January 4, 2018 at Purdue University.

October 11-13, 2017, Impacts World 2017, Potsdam, Germany

The GLASS team will organize a workshop on University engagement with SDGs: Tom and Carol are giving oral presentations, Jon is presenting a poster and Matt is discussion opener. More details here.