hydro status of now

week 1

We started the week by meeting our collaborators, sitting down and discussing ideas. The topic of water and the openness of the project had attracted much interest – we had over 10 collaborators who wanted to work with us. Unlike many of the other projects, we had not decided on a specific path (we had not selected our data set or sketched out visualisation ideas) but we did have a few questions we wanted to see if we could answer.

In the first few days we listened to stories from our collaborators and learnt about water issues in Spain. Examples include depleted groundwater due to excessive extraction, water being shipped from other countries (Spain sweats amid 'water wars'), draughts in Barcelona, the campaigns to lower water usage and laws which restrict certain uses of water. We also looked at existing campaigns, such as Melbourne's Target 155 and the campaign by the Catalan Water Agency to reduce water use during draughts.

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week 2

We started the second week by accepting that our data cannot be used to calculate a general sustainable level for each country. Nonetheless, we thought the world water data would still be interesting to visualize as it can highlight the potential for water use in the different countries and shows how much is currently withdrawn for domestic, industry and agriculture use.

The more granular data supplied by the Catalan Water Agency could be used to show water levels in the dams and how much is withdrawn from the dams for use over time. Talking with the guys from the agency we learnt that the most interesting period to visualise would be before, during and after the draughts in Barcelona.


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process paper[pdf]

midpresentation [pdf]

finalpresentation [pdf]

Hydro status of now project has been developed during the Visualizar09 workshop at Medialab Prado in November2009