Global Hydrology


We launched the NGS World Water Map at the UN 2023 Water Conference

During the UN 2023 Water Week, National Geographic Society, ESRI and Utrecht University launched the World Water Map. The World Water Map provides information on water demand and water shortages by sector worldwide. It combines scientific data with the power of storytelling to create awareness of global water issues, further water literacy among the general public and inspire solutions to a more sustainable use of our precious water resources. The World Water Map is part of National Geographic Society’s Global Freshater Initiative.

Stay tuned as we develop this further, including deep dives into water scarcity hotspots linking scientific analysis and story telling by National Geographic Explorers, projecting future water gaps, increasing the resolution of the map and add tools to explore solutions to close the future water gap.

Explore the World Water Wap and find out about the water gap near your home!