The Atlas on Water Cooperation refers to an empirically based tool thought to analyze the interactions between biophysical and socio-economic factors able to influence cooperation or tensions over water in shared watersheds. The idea was to develop a tool able to monitor availability, uses and abuses of water and water-stressed hot spots at national and regional scales. This is not only directed at analyzing water supply and demand, as for a water stress indicator, but also the socio-economic, institutional, legal, and cultural context evolutions that are likely to influence the hydro-political tensions or cooperation.
The designed graphical tool is organized to interactively display: maps, map controls, operation widgets, layers panels, and charting tools. The instrument is designed to be extremely flexible and user friendly. The information is visualized at the river basin level or at raster level when available. Data about biophysical and socio-economic variables are displayed as either raster or vectorial layers. The tool provides the controls needed to display the evolution on the data over time.