2 September 2014, Stockholm, Sweden – The U.S. Water Partnership today announced the launch of H2infO – a new platform that offers the global community easy on-line access to a growing library of U.S.-generated water data and knowledge. By the end of 2014, more than 10,000 water resources from leading U.S.-based institutions will be centrally accessible through this expanding tool.
H2infO was created to increase global access to important U.S.-generated water information resources, filling a gap in knowledge management identified by the international water community. H2infO was
developed by the U.S. Water Partnership, a public-private alliance formed to unite and mobilize U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address water challenges where needs are the greatest.
“H2infO is designed to bring U.S. experiences and resources to the international community by offering tools and information to assist in solving specific water challenges,” said Ambassador Harriet Babbitt, Chair of the U.S. Water Partnership Steering Committee. H2infO was made possible through the support of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Water Partnership’s nearly one hundred members.
In a recent fact sheet published by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, H2infO was recognized as a “virtual community of practice to share data, experiences, lessons and best practices.”
Today’s launch of H2infO took place during a seminar at World Water Week in Stockholm, co-hosted by the Natural Resources Defense Council. At the event, representatives from leading water organizations including the U.S. Department of Energy Sandia National Laboratories, the Pacific Institute, CH2M HILL, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the World Wildlife Fund, Water For People and the University of California, Santa Barbara, demonstrated how the data and information available through H2infO can assist in addressing distinct water challenges, such as the current drought facing the American West.
H2infO is now live at www.H2infO.us. Available H2infO resources range from training manuals and water scarcity maps to case studies and project reports. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Ward at the U.S. Water Partnership Secretariat at Kristen.Ward@GETF.Org.