Project managers in sanitation, transportation, energy and irrigation, take note. The Inter-American Development Bank and PepsiCo have partnered on a product-development project to help communities and organizations better understand how proposed projects could affect freshwater supplies.
The resulting water-resource data-management and modeling tool, called Hydro-BID, allows project practitioners and planners to generate water availability projections based on variables ranging from population to rainfall to land-use scenarios.
As it worked to develop the tool, the project team incorporated extensive data sets, hydrologic modeling, simulation systems and a comprehensive navigation feature. Yet the open-source water modeling system runs like an app, making it flexible and intuitive for the end user. Pilot projects to test the tool are underway in Argentina, Brazil, Haiti and Peru. —M. Wright
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