Aqueduct – Mapping Water Risk Around the Globe

Blue Raster and the World Resources Institute (WRI) recently launched the latest version of Aqueduct Atlas, helping businesses around the world understand the impacts of a sustainable water supply.

The platform creates customizable, multi-variable maps that display twelve indicators of water risk in a given area, including groundwater stress levels, drought intensity, and flood occurrence. It also considers less obvious risks like legislation and regulatory limits to water access.

This information helps companies, investors, and other decision-makers:

  • Prioritize investments that will increase water security
  • Learn how water stress will affect their operations
  • Assess risk and target new opportunities worldwide

To map their priorities, users can adjust the weight of the water risk variables. The maps also have settings for nine water-intense industry sectors, including energy, agriculture, and chemical. Geocoding allows users to plot facilities, suppliers, and potential new market locations.

Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas

Built on ArcGIS Server 10.1, the tool takes advantage of the new “dynamic layers” capability to allow rapid rendering of more than 25,000 polygons to depict the topology of catchment areas.

Major companies around the world are already using Aqueduct to inform operations:

  • McDonalds is requiring hundreds of its suppliers to use Aqueduct to assess local water risk
  • Procter & Gamble used Aqueduct to understand how water risk may affect its global facilities
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch used Aqueduct to illustrate water risks and opportunities for investors

“Recent history is littered with companies that failed to anticipate emerging threats. Water scarcity is one such threat,” said Andrew Steer, President of WRI. “Thankfully, forward-thinking business leaders are starting to get it. They understand that water risk is one of the top issues that they face.”

Aqueduct has received extensive media coverage, including in the New York Times, The Guardian, Fast Company, Bloomberg, and Greenbiz.

Aqueduct allows users to easily see water risk around the world. Come check out this new decision-support tool.