Friday, July 22, 2016
Mapping Water Risk Around the World
The World Wildlife Fund's Water Risk Filter assesses the physical, regulatory and reputational risk to water across the globe. It allows users to view key indicators of water risk in countries and different industries around the world.
The Water Risk Filter uses a number of key indicators to assess the levels of water risk. These include indicators such as water scarcity, pollution, ecosystem threats, regulatory risk and supply chain water risk. If you select a country on the map you can view a country profile outlining the physical, governmental and geopolitical context of local water risk.
The map also allows you to select different layers to view on the map. These include different indicators of water risk, such as access to drinking water and water pollution. You can also select layers which show the water risk for different types of industry.
The World Resources Institute has also created an interactive map which visualizes where and how water risks are emerging across the globe. Aqueduct allows you to explore 12 key indicators of water risk in countries around the world.
The 12 key indicators can be accessed from the map side panel. You can select any of the indicators to view a choropleth map layer showing the risks around the world for each indicator. The indicators include risks such as access to water, drought severity and groundwater stress.
You can learn more about the water risks facing a particluar area by clicking on the interactive map. Selecting a location on the map in this way will open an information window containing a breakdown of the water risks faced by your chosen location. This information includes a rating of the overall water risk and the projected risks for the area selected.