Organisation: European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Point of contact: joachim.maes@ec.europa.eu

Title: Water Retention Index

Description

WRI is a composite indicator developed to assess the capacity of the landscape to regulate and retain water passing through it. This indicator shows where there could be a deficit in the capacity of the landscape to retain water which, combined with rainfall extremes, could lead to higher flood risk or water scarcity. WRI is dimensionless and takes into account the role of interception by vegetation, the water-holding capacity of the soil, and the relative capacity of both the soil and the bedrock to allow percolation of water. The influence of soil sealing and slope gradient are additionally considered.

Contributors
Joachim Maes joachim.maes@ec.europa.eu
How to cite
Maes, Joachim (2010):  Water Retention Index. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID: http://data.europa.eu/89h/06c3f085-c1e3-4228-949d-82a0899b8d7d
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Related resources

Data access

  • Download baseline 2010 TIFF

    The compressed zipfile WRI.zip contains the WRI data at 100 m resolution assessed for the year 2010. WRI is a dimensionless value between 0 and 10.

Publications

  • publication Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services: Trends in ecosystems and ecosystem services in the European Union between 2000 and 2010

    Maes J, Fabrega Domenech N, Zulian G, Lopes Barbosa A, Vizcaino Martinez M, Ivits E, Polce C, Vandecasteele I, Mari Rivero I, Bastos De Morais Guerra C, Perpiña Castillo C, Vallecillo Rodriguez S, Baranzelli C, Ribeiro Barranco R, Batista E Silva F, Jacobs C, Trombetti M, Lavalle C. Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services: Trends in ecosystems and ecosystem services in the European Union between 2000 and 2010. EUR 27143. Luxembourg (Luxembourg): Publications Office of the European Union; 2015. JRC94889

    DOI:10.2788/817609

Additional information
Issue date 2010-07-26
Landing page http://biodiversity.europa.eu/maes
Temporal coverage

From: 2010-01-01 – To: 2010-01-01

Update frequency not planned
Language English
Data theme(s) Economy and finance; Environment; Regions and cities; Science and technology
EuroVoc domain(s) 36 SCIENCE; 52 ENVIRONMENT; 56 AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES; 72 GEOGRAPHY
EuroVoc concept(s) biotope; hydrology; land use
Identifier http://data.europa.eu/89h/06c3f085-c1e3-4228-949d-82a0899b8d7d
Geographic information
Lineage

No additional information

Geographic bounding box

81.4° N, 43.2° E, 35.3° S, -11.5° W

Coordinate Reference System ETRS89 / LAEA Europe

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