Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures of Humanity and Climate Change (GRAPHIC)

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) initiated the Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures of Humanity and Climate Change (GRAPHIC) project in 2004 to better understand the effects of climate change on global groundwater resources. GRAPHIC improves understanding of how groundwater interacts within the global water cycle, supports ecosystems and humankind and, in turn, responds to complex and coupled pressures of human activities and climate change. Timely for the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference UNESCO has produced a set of new GRAPHIC brochures: «Mitigating the Global Groundwater Crisis and Adapting to Climate Change» and on «Small Island Developing States», in English, en français y en español.


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acrobat icon GRAPHIC brochure: Mitigating the Global Groundwater Crisis and Adapting to
     Climate Change (May 2016)

acrobat icon GRAPHIC brochure: Small Island Developing States (SIDS) (May 2016)

acrobat icon brochure GRAPHIC: Petits états insulaires en développement (PEID)

acrobat icon folleto GRAPHIC: Pequeños estados insulares en desarrollo (PEID)


Vision of GRAPHIC: advance sustainable groundwater management considering projected climate change and linked human effects.

Mission of GRAPHIC:
• provide a platform for exchange of information through case studies, thematic
   working groups, scientific research, and communication;
• serve the global community through providing scientifically based and policy-
   relevant recommendations;
• use regional and global networks to improve the capacity to manage groundwater

To achieve these objectives within a global context, GRAPHIC is a collaborative effort and umbrella for international research, education, and outreach. GRAPHIC has international investigations covering major geographical regions, groundwater resource topics, and methods to help advance the combined knowledge needed to address scientific and social aspects of  the global groundwater crisis in the context of climate change.