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Purdue team receives $2 million NSF grant to create global network

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) describe a global resolve to transform the world across 17 related economic, social, and environment thematic areas. However, the challenge is the inevitable set of conflicts and tradeoffs among the competing land- and water-related SDG demands, the impact of these demands at both the local and global levels, and the challenge of collaborating and coordinating teams across the globe. To confront these challenges, the Global to Local Analysis of Systems Sustainability (GLASS) project, based at Purdue University, was awarded $2 million from the National Science Foundation to build an international network of networks, called GLASSNET.

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An interesting study that combines SIMPLE-G-Corn-Soy and a power-system model to show the linkage between biomass co-firing, land use and water quality in the Midwest by Shanxia Sun, Brayam Valqui Ordonez, Mort D. Webster, Jing Liu, Christopher J. Kucharik, and Thomas Hertel, Environmental Science and Technology, January 2020

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.


Two Things to Know about SIMPLE-G, An Economic Model Designed to Pair with Ecological Models by Jenny Seifert, September 22, 2021, FEWscapes

A Digital Model for Globally Sustainable Agriculture  by David R Johnson, Purdue University, July 31, 2020

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


September 14, 2020 - A team led by Professor Tom Hertel has been awarded an NSF AccelNet grant to establish GLASSNET, a global network of scientific teams and research communities to work together and tackle sustainability issues related to land and water use across the globe (read more).

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" in October, 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)