Water: we need it every day, and use it in countless ways. As the world enters the second decade of the 21st century, the human community finds itself searching for new paradigms for water supply and management in response to expanding populations, sprawling development, climate change, and the limits of existing conventional supplies.
The following websites, video, and NAP reports present the issues and problems we face to make water available both now and in the future.
Safe Drinking Water Is Essential
This project, a production of the National Academy of Sciences and the Marian Koshland Science Museum, examines the state of the world’s water supply and what can be done to improve it. Covering the sources, treatment, and distribution of drinking water, Safe Drinking Water Is Essential employs rich, interactive exhibits to illustrate this worldwide problem and explore possible solutions.
The National Academies Water Information Center
Use this portal to explore over 100 reports from the National Academies offering independent, objective advice on water-related issues in the United States and abroad. These reports are peer reviewed and represent the consensus of experts from academia, industry, and government. This site also provides basic information about drinking water, as well as resources for providing safe drinking water in developing nations.
Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences
New research opportunities to advance hydrologic sciences promise a better understanding of the role of water in the Earth system that could help improve human welfare and the health of the environment. Dr. George Hornberger and Dr. Henry J. Vaux, Jr. discuss the findings of the 2012 report, “Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences.”
Publications from NAP
Books from the Division of Earth and Life Studies tackle issues of water management, ecosystem preservation, and future prospects for water supplies. These books can inform debate and guide decision making. All are free to download.