GLASSNET: Global to Local Analysis of Systems Sustainability

Project time period:
January, 2021 to December, 2025

Overview: The global grand challenge posed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains hindered by an incapacity to chart alternative sustainable pathways and analyze tradeoffs and synergies across local- and global-level policies. The urgent need to link global communities of practice on more than a researcher-to-researcher basis calls for a collaborative infrastructure that is not proprietary or excessively complex, and necessitates a strategy to leverage complementary expertise; integrate cross-disciplinary multiscale data and analyses; and systematically address communication, cultural, and procedural barriers. The proposed GLASSNET will be a deep integration across scientific teams and research communities undertaking global analyses in an international network of networks supported by the powerful GeoHub global bridging cyberinfrastructure. Three prominent U.S.-based networks (Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP), Natural Capital Project (NatCap), and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc (CUAHSI) will partner with five vibrant foreign-based networks: Global Gridded Crop Model Intercomparison (GGCMI), GlobEcon, Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP), Global Land Programme (GLP), and Land Use Change Knowledge Integation Network (LUCKINet) to: 1) enable transformative analysis to facilitate decision making for sustainable development; 2) develop diverse human capital for analysis of tradeoffs and synergies among SDGs; and 3) form a network of networks to facilitate integration across research teams to advance knowledge and accelerate innovation towards sustainable pathways for development. GLASSNET will build a shared vision, harmonize data, deploy modeling tools, innovate training for diverse participants, test workflows to analyze tradeoffs and synergies across SDGs, implement sustainability plans, and disseminate network of networks convergence best practices.


GLP Themes: Telecoupling of land use systems, Land-atmosphere processes, Land governance, Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity , Land management systems, Urban-rural interactions, Land use and conflict

GLP Methods: Co-production and transdisciplinarity, Consumer Preferences, Decision Making, Decision support systems and tools, Decision support tools and approaches, Econometrics, GIS, Institutional Analysis, Integrative Assessments, Interdisciplinary methods, Modelling, Participatory methods, Remote Sensing, Social network analysis, Spatial Analysis, Supply and value chains, Visualization/Scenarios

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