Global water risk map released

20 July 2013

 

WRI's Aqueduct water risk mapping project

WRI’s Aqueduct water risk mapping project (http://aqueduct.wri.org/atlas)

The World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Aqueduct Project has released an interactive map of various categories of water risk around the world.  Per the launch information,

The project, created with an alliance of companies including GE, Goldman Sachs, Shell, and Procter & Gamble, is the highest high-resolution map of global water stress available today. It’s also the first water-risk mapping tool to include a layer for groundwater data. WRI’s free map uses 2010 data (the most current data available) to measure a number of categories of water risk around the world: physical risk; variability in available water from year to year, which looks at flood occurrences (how often and how intense); severity of droughts (how long and how severe), groundwater stress, pollution pressure, demand for water treatment, media coverage about water issues (meaning how much attention is given to water in a given area), and more.

The map tool allows you to zoom in on your area of interest and apply various options to determine the various levels of risk per the options menu:

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A very useful and educational tool that will serve to empower the social consciousness to embrace water issues. Well done WRI ! (and kudos to the companies who partnered in this initiative and made it possible).

 

 

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