Perfect for companies who are starting to map their water challenges. No input data is needed in this easy-to use tool that provides a first screening of facilities or sourcing areas. Risks can be weighted for different sectors, including food and beverage processing and agriculture, and mapped in a graphical and intuitive format.

Description

The Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas is a free, open source online mapping tool developed by the World Resources Institute that lets users combine 12 key indicators of water risk to create global overall water risk maps. Companies can view maps of individual indicators of water risk ranging from flood occurrence to access to clean drinking water, as well as maps that combine all indicators. All data is transparent, open source and projected for change to 2020, 2030, and 2040.

Tailored water risk maps are available for nine industries including agriculture, and food and beverage. Companies can also customize their own weighting schemes by altering the indicators influence on water scores. Through Aqueduct, companies can compare water risk levels for different locations such as facilities and suppliers by importing up to 200 locations at the same time. Results can be exported to Excel.

Farming

The quantitative risk analysis takes into account baseline water stress, inter-annual variability, seasonal variability, flood occurrence, drought severity, upstream storage and groundwater stress.

Considered through the return flow ratio (percent of available water previously used and discharged upstream as wastewater) and upstream protected land (percentage of total water supply originating from protected ecosystems).

Number of threatened amphibians (as defined by IUCN) in the basin applied as a proxy for ecosystem health.

Represented as the basin-based indicator for access to water, defined as percentage of population without access to improved drinking water sources. Access to sanitation or sanitary solutions left out.

Represented by risk indicators of inter-annual variability, flood occurrence and drought severity. Future projections possible.

Processing

The quantitative risk analysis takes into account baseline water stress, inter-annual variability, seasonal variability, flood occurrence, drought severity, upstream storage and groundwater stress.

Considered through the return flow ratio (percent of available water previously used and discharged upstream as wastewater) and upstream protected land (percentage of total water supply originating from protected ecosystems).

Represented as the basin-based indicator for access to water, defined as percentage of population without access to improved drinking water sources. Access to sanitation or sanitary solutions left out.

Tools profile filters