Welcome to the Unconventional Oil and Gas vulnerability map. This interactive map allows you free access to, and visualisation of, vulnerability within a particular location, through spatial data on vulnerability and sensitivity of selected themes covering surface water, groundwater, seismicity, vegetation and socio-economics.

The map aims to aid decision-makers at national level and other practitioners by providing information on the vulnerability to unconventional gas mining of the specified themes on a regional scale. The vulnerability map was developed by using expert input in the respective themes, to decide on indicators that would indicate vulnerability of themes to unconventional gas mining specifically. Regional scale data was used for this regional map and the map cannot replace local scale maps that may need to be developed to inform decision-makers of local scale conditions of vulnerability to unconventional gas mining. This map is intended as a reconnaissance tool to inform decision-makers on areas where additional detailed field work and assessments may be required. It may also be of use during Environmental Impact Assessments and the determination of licensing conditions.

On the interactive map you can zoom and pan to a specific area, and can select any of the 5 themes to view its vulnerability. To view the interactive map, click here. To download associated documents, click here.

Every effort was made to select nationally acceptable datasets during the development of these maps and to adhere to strict quality standards. None of the parties involved in creating these maps, guarantee the accuracy of information provided by external sources and the parties accept no responsibility or liability for any consequences arising from the use or misuse of such data.
Neither the Centre for Environmental Management (University of the Free State) nor the University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa nor any other party involved in creating, producing or delivering the map and related reports shall be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect or punitive damages arising out of the misuse of the information contained in this map and related reports.