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Global Drylands Center

Global Drylands Center

Global Drylands Center

Ensuring a sustainable future for drylands

ASU’s Global Drylands Center engages key actors of dryland stewardship to develop use-inspired research, training and solutions for arid ecosystems around the world.

Our efforts to advance dryland stewardship impact the following:

  • 40% of the global terrestrial area
  • 30% of our world’s human population
  • 50% of our world’s livestock
  • 35% of all terrestrial carbon fixation

The vision of the Global Drylands Center is to become the world leader in discovery and education ensuring a sustainable future for drylands.

Global Drylands Center research areas

Drylands provide a variety of ecosystem services to support nearly one third of the world’s human population.

Drylands are defined by scarcity of water and limited soil moisture (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment). Drylands differ in the amount of water they receive and range in type from hyper-arid to dry to subhumid.

As a result, there are different biomes represented within global drylands, such as deserts, grasslands, savannahs, Mediterranean ecosystems, and even forests.

Osvaldo Sala lab