Dr. Prajal Pradhan

Senior scientist


Working Group

Curriculum Vitae

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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Prajal Pradhan studied agricultural engineering and environmental management. He was a lead author of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land and a contributing author of the AR6 IPCC WG III Report. Prajal has experience in developing relevant research on climate change and sustainable food systems. He is an expert in agricultural emissions, food security, climate change, and sustainable development goals. Prajal has developed a method to systematically quantify synergies and trade-offs among SDGs.

Climate research, food systems, bioeconomy, sustainable development, urban systems and transitions

ISI Publications

Bodirsky, B. L., Dietrich, J. P., Martinelli, E., Stenstad, A., Pradhan, P., Gabrysch, S., ... & Baumstark, L. (2020). The ongoing nutrition transition thwarts long-term targets for food security, public health and environmental protection. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1-14. (Press Release)

Pradhan, P., Kriewald, S., Costa, L., Rybski, D., Benton, T. G., Fischer, G., & Kropp, J. P. (2020). Urban food systems: how regionalization can contribute to climate change mitigation. Environmental Science & Technology, 54(17), 10551-10560. (Research Highlight, Nature Food)

Beltrán-Tolosa, L. M., Navarro-Racines, C., Pradhan, P., Cruz-Garcia, G. S., Solis, R., & Quintero, M. (2020). Action needed for staple crops in the Andean-Amazon foothills because of climate change. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 1-25.

Ladha, J. K., Jat, M. L., Stirling, C. M., Chakraborty, D., Pradhan, P., Krupnik, T. J., ... & Gerard, B. (2020). Achieving the sustainable development goals in agriculture: The crucial role of nitrogen in cereal-based systems. Advances in Agronomy, 163, 1-78.

Athare, T., Pradhan, P., & Kroop, J. P. (2020). Environmental implications and socioeconomic characterisation of Indian diets. Science of The Total Environment, 139881.

Herrero, M., Thornton, P. K., Mason-D’Croz, D., Palmer, J., Benton, T. G., Bodirsky, B. L., ... Pradhan, P., ... & West, P. C. (2020). Innovation can accelerate the transition towards a sustainable food system. Nature Food, 1(5), 266-272. (Press Release)

Putra, M. P. I. F., Pradhan, P., & Kropp, J. P. (2020). A systematic analysis of Water-Energy-Food security nexus: A South Asian case study. Science of The Total Environment, 138451.

Rosenzweig, C., Mbow, C., Barioni, L. G., Benton, T. G., Herrero, M., ..., Pradhan, P., ... & Tubiello, F. N. (2020). Climate change responses benefit from a global food system approach. Nature Food, 1(2), 94-97. (Press Release)

Pradhan, P., & Kropp, J. P. (2020). Interplay between Diets, Health, and Climate Change. Sustainability, 12(9), 3878.

Akuraju, V., Pradhan, P., Haase, D., Kropp, J.P. and Rybski, D. (2020). Relating SDG11 indicators and urban scaling–An exploratory study. Sustainable Cities and Society, 52, p.101853.

Bodirsky, B.L.; Pradhan, P.; Springmann, M. (2019) Reducing ruminant numbers and consumption of animal source foods are aligned with environ-mental and public health demands. J Sustainable Organic Agric Syst 69, pp. 25–30.

Kroll, C., Warchold, A. and Pradhan, P. (2019). Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Are we successful in turning trade-offs into synergies?. Palgrave Communications, 5(1), pp.1-11.

Kriewald, S., Pradhan, P., Costa, L., Ros, A.G.C. and Kropp, J.P. (2019). Hungry cities: how local food self-sufficiency relates to climate change, diets, and urbanisation. Environmental Research Letters, 14(9), p.094007. (Press Release)

Landholm, D.M., Pradhan, P., Wegmann, P., Sánchez, M.A.R., Salazar, J.C.S. and Kropp, J.P. (2019). Reducing deforestation and improving livestock productivity: greenhouse gas mitigation potential of silvopastoral systems in Caquetá. Environmental Research Letters, 14(11), p.114007.

Landholm-Haight, D.M., Pradhan, P., and Kropp, J.P. (2019). Diverging forest land use dynamics induced by armed conflict across the tropics, Global Environmental Change, 86–94.

P. Pradhan (2019). Antagonists to meeting the 2030 Agenda, Nature Sustainability, 2, 171172.

Ganzenmüllera, R., Pradhan, P., and Kropp, J.P. (2019). Sectoral performance analysis of national greenhouse gas emission inventories by means of neural networks, Science of the Total Environment, 656, 80–89.

Pradhan, P., Costa, L., Rybski, D., Lucht, W., and Kropp, J.P. (2017). A systematic study of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) interactions, Earth’s Future, 5, 1169–1179. (Press Release) (EOS Research Spotlight)

Hiç, C., Pradhan, P., Rybski, D., and Kropp, J.P. (2016). Food Surplus and its Climate Burdens. Environment Science and Technology, 50(8), 4269–4277. (Scientific American) (Press Release)

Pradhan, P., Fischer, G., van Velthuizen, H., Reusser, D.E. and Kropp, J.P. (2015). Closing the yield gaps: how sustainable can we be? PLoS ONE, 10(6): e0129487.

Pradhan, P., Lüdeke, M.K.B., Reusser, D.E. and Kropp, J.P. (2014). Food self-sufficiency across scales: how local can we go? Environment Science and Technology, 48(16), 9463-9470. (Selected to be featured in ACS Editors’ Choice) (News in short)

Pradhan, P., Lüdeke, M.K.B., Reusser, D.E. and Kropp, J.P. (2013). Embodied crop calories in animal products. Environmental Research Letters, 8(4), 044044.

Pradhan, P., Reusser, D.E. and Kropp, J.P. (2013). Embodied greenhouse gas emissions in diets. PLoS ONE, 8(5), e62228.

Other Publications:

Pradhan, P. and Kropp, J. (2019). Climate Change and Food Security: Highlighting Urban Food System and Regional Specificities.

Pradhan, P. (2015). Food demand and supply under global change. PhD Dissertation, University of Potsdam, 141 pp.

Pradhan, P. (2013). Closing the yield gaps: how sustainable can we be? Interim Report – Young Scientists Summer Program, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria. (PLoS ONE)

Reusser, D., Lissner, T., Pradhan, P., Holsten, A., Rybski, D. and Kropp, J.P. (2013). Relating climate compatible development and human livelihood. Energy Procedia, 40, 192–201.

Pradhan, P., Bork, H.–R., Schweikhard, Y., Joshi, U., Parkwan, I.N. and Pradhananga, M.P. (2009). Soil erosion and soil conservation on Changunarayan Hill, Nepal. GEO–ÖKO 30(1–2), 19–42.

Bork, H.–R., Beyer, A., Dreibrodt, S., Kranz, A., Lubos, C., Meith, A., Pfletschiger, H. and Pradhan, P. (2008). Bodendegradation – Ausmaß, Ursachen und Folgen. Geographie und Schule HEFT 175, 4–7.

BIOCLIMAPATHS - Assessing climate-led social-ecological impacts and opportunities for resilient pathways in the EU bioeconomy (2019-2021)

SusFood - Sustainable Food Systems under Climate Change in South Asia,  Klimawandel und nachhaltige Nahrungsmittelproduktion in Südasien (2017-2019)

SUSA - Sustainable land use-based alternatives in the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon (2014-2018)