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

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Affiliated Projects


GLASS - Global-to-Local Analysis of Systems Sustainability

The GLASS initiative is funded by the Purdue University Discovery Park's Big Idea initiative. This project seeds an effort aiming to establish an inter-disciplinary applied research consortium that facilitates and organizes a global community of practice around open-source analysis of the global-to-local-to-global (GLG) linkages underpinning the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals—and global sustainability more broadly. It represents an umbrella under which many different projects utilizing the GLG methodology are housed

Assessing the Long Run Sustainability of US Agriculture

This USDA/AFRI funded project focuses on long run sustainability of US agriculture using the GLG methodology. It integrates gridded biophysical and economic data and parameters into the SIMPLE-G modeling framework in order to examine tradeoffs between: 1) crop production, prices and food consumption, 2) land use and associated carbon dioxide emissions, 3) groundwater depletion, and 4) nitrate leaching and water quality

Mellon Grand Challenge Project

This project is funded by the Mellon Foundation Initiative at Purdue University – “Breaking Through: Developing Interdisciplinary Solutions to Global Grand Challenges”. It aims to leverage findings from the USDA/AFRI long run sustainability project in order to interact with a diverse group of stakeholders in order to better communicate the interplay between global change and local sustainability of US agriculture in the context of alternative national, state and local policies affecting agricultural productivity and environmental quality.

Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP)

The Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) is a global network of researchers and policy makers conducting quantitative analysis of international policy issues. GTAP maintains a global economic data base and suite of economy-wide models and is coordinated by the Center for Global Trade Analysis in Purdue University's Department of Agricultural Economics.   GTAP is led by GLASS Co-PI Dominique van der Mensbrugghe (GTAP Director) and GLASS PI Tom Hertel (GTAP Founder and Executive Director). While the majority of GTAP analyses are undertaken at the national level, and focus on a wide range of sectors (not just agriculture), recent work has focused on disaggregating sub-national land and water use in agriculture. As such, GTAP is a natural partner for GLASS on a host of sustainability issues.

The Geoshare Project

GEOSHARE’s mission is to develop and maintain an open, freely available, global, spatially explicit data base on agriculture, land use, and the environment accompanied by analysis tools and training programs for new scientists, decision makers, and development practitioners. It is the predecessor to GLASS and these gridded data represent an important input into the GLASS modeling frameworks

The US DOE Energy-Water-Land Nexus Project

The goal of this "Fine-scale modeling of the Energy-Water-Land nexus" project is to assess, at fine geographic scale, future infrastructure and other adaptation needs in the energy-water-land system in the context of extreme climate events.