Photo of a lush desert landscape with mountains in the background on a partly cloudy day.

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.

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

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

Global Drylands Center
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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.

World map of global Drylands.