Praise Innovative Company for Global Water Risk Assessment

Target: Betsy Otto, Aqueduct Director

Goal: Commend non-profit organization for implementing an easily accessible online map which presents a visual guide to global water conditions

It is strikingly apparent that as temperatures rise on a global scale, regions are becoming subject to drought and overall water shortage–not to mention industries that pollute waterways and consume water at unsustainable levels. The threat of diminishing water resources is now the challenge that is defining the 21st┬ácentury, rousing concern in environmentalists and governments alike. Fortunately, the World Resource Institute has developed an easily accessible tool in mapping water conditions all over the globe. Commend Betsy Otto and the Aqueduct project staff for their pioneering construction of an online atlas to establish a water risk assessment on a global scale.

The World Resources Institute is a nonprofit organization that just launched its new project: the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas. The online, interactive map allows users to visualize and compare water conditions on a local or global scale. The complete version of the atlas uses geo-tagged scientific data to create 12 indicators of water quality. These indicators include seasonal variability, flood occurrence, and groundwater stress. The Regulatory tab monitors access to water aquifers and shows which regions present a high risk of endangerment to freshwater amphibians.

Although the Aqueduct atlas is ground-breaking in and of itself, the maps are far from perfect. The institute recognizes that few real-time monitoring efforts exist so they plan to incorporate remote sensing data from NASA satellites in the future. This will enable the monitoring of groundwater conditions as well as freshwater habitats. In April, new maps will be released that will show projections of water conditions for 2020. Applaud Betsy Otto, Aqueduct Director, and staff for their innovative work in mapping water conditions globally.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mrs. Otto,

As you know, lack of water is becoming one of the defining challenges of our generation. Often, many take clean water for granted with companies, governments and people using this precious commodity at unsustainable levels. Thank you for recognizing just how important the future of our water sources are and how crucial it is to monitor the conditions of such.

By implementing the online Water Risk Atlas, a visual guide to understanding the usage of water and the consequences of habitat stress have been made easily accessible. This is a very important tool for companies to use which enable them to tailor scenarios to their specific needs in order to compare which areas expose its operation at the highest risk. Thank you for your efforts towards water conservation and I support your future efforts to implement NASA real-time mapping in the future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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