Water Institute researchers developed a GIS-based method to differentiate urban and rural populations and also to determine the average exposure of urban and rural populations to three climate-related hazards (cyclones, droughts, and floods), which may threaten drinking water access. Researchers calculated average country-level exposure for total, urban, and rural populations and presented country-level rankings on global maps.This study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Christenson, Elizabeth, Mark Elliott, Ovik Banerjee, Laura Hamrick, and Jamie Bartram. 2014. “Climate-Related Hazards: A Method for Global Assessment of Urban and Rural Population Exposure to Cyclones, Droughts, and Floods.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11: 2169–2192. doi:10.3390/ijerph110202169.