The Water Scarcity Atlas seeks to share knowledge about water scarcity to a wider audience. This information, often available only through journal articles, has been used to develop a user friendly interface which allows users to explore how water scarcity has developed in the past and also explore how it might develop in the future.
It aims to share the findings of cutting edge research on water scarcity with a broader public and private sector audience.
The Atlas explores water scarcity through four key issues of concern:
The app also features detailed explanations of the various concepts employed in the processing of the data and helps to see how the concepts are linked to each other. The data can be explored at the level of months or years, and all data are freely available for downloading.
The project is led by researchers Matti Kummu and Joseph Guillaume of Aalto Unviersty, Finland. The two scientists work in close cooperation with IIASA's Water Program, who provides the data from global models for the app’s future scenarios, and a Helsinki-based startup company Lucify who is responsible for the visualization and technical implementation of the Atlas.
In their own research, Kummu and Guillaume have mostly focused on the past and on how we have ended up in the current situation. IIASA, on the other hand, has models on the future of the global water situation. “In this project, our aim is to combine the past with the future and create something that has never been done before”, Kummu explains.
The initial development of Water Scarcity Atlas website was funded by the Academy of Finland (Grant #305471) in the project “Global Water Scarcity Atlas: understanding resource pressure, causes, consequences, and opportunities (WASCO)”, 01.10.2016 – 30.09.2018. Interactive visualisations were developed with Lucify, and WordPress design and development with Mediapool.
Last edited: 22 October 2018
October 2016 - September 2018
Academy of Finland - Grant 305471
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