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Workshop on Open-Source Analysis of SDGs at the Food-Water-Energy Nexus Using Global, Gridded Modeling

This workshop will introduce participants to an open-source, easy-to-use, web-enabled modeling framework for analyzing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that relate directly or indirectly to management of the world’s land, water, and energy-producing. These natural resources are already under intense pressure from rising global population and income. The complex relationships between food, energy, and water demand that these SDGs be viewed in a global context and pursued using a systems perspective, with local resolution. This poses a barrier to entry for high-quality analysis, suggesting a need for open-source, transparent, modular tools for modeling feedbacks between global and local scales and the impact of policies targeting the SDGs.

The goal of the workshop is to catalyze a radical new approach to understanding and predicting change in coupled human and natural systems, leading towards a global community of practice committed to tackling SDG challenges with integrated, flexible, extensible, and verifiable models and datasets. Participants will learn how to use one such model that adopts this OpenSDG framework. SIMPLE-G is a global, gridded partial-equilibrium model of food and environmental security with links to agricultural land and water use and to future climate and socioeconomic conditions.

Date: June 7, 2019

Location: Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City campus

Facilitator: David Johnson (Purdue University)

Background Readings:


Liu, J., Hertel, T. W., Lammers, R. B., Prusevich, A., Baldos, U. L. C., Grogan, D. S., & Frolking, S. 2017. Achieving sustainable irrigation water withdrawals: global impacts on food security and land use. Environmental Research Letters, 12(10), 104009.


Policy Brief 1: Global Drivers of Land and Water Sustainability Stresses at Mid-century (video presentation)

Policy Brief 2: Productivity Growth is Key to Achieving Long Run Agricultural Sustainability (video presentation)

Policy Brief 3: Evaluating Alternative Options for Managing Nitrogen Losses from Corn Production (video presentation)

Workshop Slides:

Video Recordings:

  • Step by step guide to using the SIMPLE-G tool
    • Introduction to the SIMPLE-G web application: video
  • Step by step guide to using the SIMPLE-G-US tool
    • Introduction to SIMPLE-G-US web application: video
    • Policy Brief 1 scenario using SIMPLE-G-US: videoscript
    • Policy Brief 2 scenario using SIMPLE-G-US: video
    • Policy Brief 3 scenario using SIMPLE-G-US: videoscript

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