Rivers of Pollution
Rivers of Pollution is an interactive data visualization system that informs the viewer about the pollution of water systems around the world, where it started, and what we can do to help.
Teams of 3-4 will design an interactive, "map-based" means to communicate comparative information. Projects will be a hypothetically commissioned, dynamic, informational graphic artifact. Projects will visually communicate a data-driven "story" that affords a given audience multiple opportunities to convert information into knowledge.
October 2019 (revisited 2021)
Myself + 2 Teammates
Rivers of Pollution is an interactive data visualization system that informs the viewer about pollution of water systems around the world, where it started, and what we can do to help. This system allows the viewer to investigate river systems in three areas of the world, and their respective pollution.
Thousands have lived without love, not one without water."
Unsafe water kills more people each year than war and all other forms of violence combined. Meanwhile, our drinkable water sources are finite: Less than 1 percent of the earth’s freshwater is actually accessible to us. Without action, the challenges will only increase by 2050, when global demand for freshwater is expected to be one-third greater than it is now.
Source: Natural Resources Defense Council
Around 2 billion people live in countries with high levels of water stress.
Safe and readily available water is important for public health, whether it is used for drinking, domestic use, food production or recreational purposes. Improved water supply and sanitation, and better management of water resources, can boost countries’ economic growth and can contribute greatly to poverty reduction. Everyone has the right to sufficient, continuous, safe, acceptable, physically accessible, and affordable water for personal and domestic use.
Source: Medical News Today & the United Nations
How does Rivers of Pollution fit in?
Rivers of Pollution allows users to see the impact of river pollution globally. Users are able to interact with this data visualization system to see some of the most well know rivers, find out how pollution is affecting them, and what governmental action is in affect.
Create an interactive and educational system
Inform users on river pollution around the world.