03 June 2014

Aaron Wolf's work from the TFDD is featured in Popular Science's water issue: they highlight Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam on the Nile River

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic] | Popular Science

Popular Science released an issue on water in May and it includes an infographic using data from the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Databases (TFDD). Language from our news release: As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already strapped for water, so political scientists expect feuds will become even more intense. To track disputes worldwide, researchers at Oregon State University spent a decade building a comprehensive database of international exchanges—-both conflicts and alliances—over shared water resources.

The infographic maps the world's international basins and the number of events recorded by basin. The basins with high numbers of conflict leaning events are isolated as "hotspots" and subject to further investigation on how sensitive the basin is to conflict. Check it out and check out the rest of the water issue!