Locally relevant scientific datasets to support policy development understanding of water resources and soil erosion impacts in scenarios of change

WaterWorld is a model for online testing of land and water related policies. The motivation behind the tool is the need to strengthen the availability and access to locally relevant scientific datasets among policy makers in developing countries. A number of tools are already available at the global level to understand risks and identify regional hotspots. However, national policymakers need data that are relevant to specific local contexts, and coarse, global data may not be appropriate for planning.

The purpose of WaterWorld is thus to make locally relevant science datasets available to policymakers in order to explore consequences of different policy options to be explored before they are implemented. WaterWorld incorporates detailed spatial datasets at 1-square km and 1 hectare resolution for the entire world, spatial models for biophysical and socioeconomic processes along with scenarios for climate, land use and economic change. A series of interventions (policy options) are available, which can be implemented and their consequences traced through socio-economic and biophysical systems. Climate impacts analysis is one of a range of possible applications of WaterWorld.



Some introduction is useful in finding your way around the tool. Web-based training courses available, and training material available online at http://www.policysupport.org/waterworld/training
Free training courses every 2 months in London or delivered via the web
Using the tool:
Time needed:
Application of a baseline and a scenario of climate or land use/management change takes up to 1 hour (in training or self-paced)

Accessing the tool

Online: The tool is accessible through a simple web-based interface and contains all of the data required for application anywhere in the world
English, Spanish
Mark Mulligan: m.mulligan@kcl.ac.uk
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Area of focus
Adaptation 3, Mitigation 0, Development 2

Published by:

King’s College London


For global use