Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas

Posted on: 10/22/2015 - Updated on: 3/07/2023

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Rachel Gregg


Use Aqueduct tools to identify and evaluate water risks around the world. Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas is a publicly available, global database and interactive tool that maps indicators of water-related risks. Aqueduct enables comparison across large geographies to identify regions or assets deserving of closer attention.

Water scarcity is one of the defining issues of the 21st century. In its Global Risks 2013 report, the World Economic Forum identified water supply crises as one of the highest impact and most likely risks facing the planet. With the support of a diverse group of partners, the World Resources Institute built Aqueduct to help companies, investors, governments, and communities better understand where and how water risks are emerging around the world.

This tool is designed to illustrate a range of potential scenarios of water stress, seasonal variability, water supply, water demand. It can help companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging worldwide. The Atlas uses a robust, peer reviewed methodology and the best-available data to create high-resolution, customizable global maps of water risk.


Land managers, water utility managers, natural resource managers, local authorities, planners, policymakers, engineers, scientists, industry, public


Samantha Kuzma Associate, Water Program

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