1. Water in the Anthropocene is a 3-minute film charting the global impact of humans on the water cycle.

    Evidence is growing that our global footprint is now so significant we have driven Earth into a new geological epoch — the Anthropocene.

    Human activities such as damming and agriculture are changing the global water cycle in significant ways.

    The data visualisation was commissioned by the Global Water Systems Project for a major international conference (Water in the Anthropocene, Bonn, Germany, 21-24 May, 2013).
    conference2013.gwsp.org

    As datasets build upon one another, the film charts Earth's changing global water cycle, why it is changing, and what this means for the future. The vertical spikes that appear in the film represent the 48,000 large dams that have been built.

    The film was produced by Globaïa and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme.
    globaia.org // igbp.net

    The film is part of the first website on the concept of humans as a geological force, anthropocene.info

    Datasets:
    - Base map: NASA, Natural Earth, Globaïa
    - Total precipitation: GEOS-5 — svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a030000/a030000/a030017/index.html
    - Ocean currents: OSCAR — svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/a003900/a003958/index.html
    - Dams & Reservoir capacity: GRanD — sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/data/set/grand-v1-dams-rev01
    - Cities: VIIRS 2012 — ngdc.noaa.gov/dmsp/download.html
    - Cropland (North America): Agriculture Lands 2000 — earthstat.org
    - Anthroposphere: Several sources, see Cartography of the Anthropocene on Globaïa's website — globaia.org
    - Sea ice: Sea Ice for Science on a Sphere — svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/a003500/a003579/index.html
    - Rivers: NGIA vMAP — geoengine.nga.mil/geospatial/SW_TOOLS/NIMAMUSE/webinter/vmap0_legend.html
    - Lakes: Global Lakes and Wetlands Database — gcmd.nasa.gov/records/GCMD_GLWD.html
    - Human Water Security Index: Adjusted HWS Threat — riverthreat.net

    Music
    Earlyguard — earlyguard.bandcamp.com
    Jana Winderen — janawinderen.com

    Produced for the Global Water Systems Project (GWSP)

    GWSP is sponsored by:
    DIVERSITAS
    International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
    International Human Dimensions Programme
    World Climate Research Programme

    Scientific sponsors of the Welcome to the Anthropocene website:
    CSIRO
    International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
    Stockholm Resilience Centre
    Future Earth

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