ESG Data Guide 2024

World Resources Institute - WRI Aqueduct

The data offers solutions for:

  • Climate scenario analysis
  • Geospatial/location data
  • Investment decisions and portfolio insight
  • Nature-based information: Water
  • Physical risk

Who are the data users?

  • Corporates
  • Government
  • Investors

Brief description of the data offering

WRI's Aqueduct tools map water risks — such as floods, droughts, and stress — using open-source, peer-reviewed data and help companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging worldwide. The tools include Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, which maps current and future water risks across locations; Aqueduct Country Rankings, which compares national and subnational water risks; Aqueduct Food, which identifies current and future water risks to agriculture and food security; and Aqueduct Floods, which identifies coastal and riverine flood risks, and analyse the costs and benefits of investing in flood protection. The Aqueduct team works with companies, governments, and research partners to advance best practices in water resources management and setting enterprise water targets.

Where and how do you source your data?

Aqueduct’s 30+ data sources were selected following extensive literature review and expert consultation. Criteria for selection include:

  • Relevance to water users and water managers
  • Robustness of data collection methodology
  • Global coverage
  • Granularity
  • Timeliness of publications
  • Length of time covered

For more information on Aqueduct's data sources and indicators, please see the indicator metadata document.

What is the cost for your data offering?

No cost. WRI is committed to transparency and open data. The data and methodology behind Aqueduct are documented and available for download. All the products, methodologies, and datasets that make up Aqueduct are available for free use under the Creative Commons CC:BY license. Aqueduct operates under a Creative Commons license. Please attribute our work as “Source: WRI Aqueduct, accessed on [insert date] at”.