An article by WDRG members on exploring the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem (MAUP) in a case of water shortage in Monsoon Asia was published in Water.
The article provides a systematic analysis on how the extent of water shortage and the population affected by it vary depending on the spatial analysis unit used. Altogether 21 different criteria for defining the spatial unit of analysis (i.e. zonings) were examined. The results for population under high water shortage ranged between 780 million to 2.1 billion people. The article shows how important it is to acknowledge the significant influence of the spatial unit of analysis and recommends the use of multizonal and multiscale approaches in spatial water assessments to minimise the effects of MAUP.
The article is available online: http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/7/3/898