XVI.1 United States Water Crisis

Andrew Levinson

Scrollytelling, a mashup of “scrolling” and “storytelling,” is a web format that uses interaction to tell complicated stories online. United States Water Crisis by Andrew Levinson is a great example of the scrollytelling format.

Multiple data visualizations, drawing on data from a variety of government agencies, expose the severity of the crisis from different perspectives. How much water is used to irrigate farms? How much money do we need to fund infrastructure repairs for drinking water? How full are underground aquifers, which operate like the savings account of our water supply? Use the many kinds of charts and graphs illustrating the story to find answers.

United States Water Crisis can be found at https://the-us-water-crisis-macroscope.netlify.app/.


Levinson, Andrew. 2020. The United States Water Crisis. In “16th Iteration (2020): Macroscopes for Harnessing the Power of Data.” Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner, Lisel Record, and Todd Theriault. http://scimaps.org.

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.