January 18, 2022

New Research Tool: Data Scientists Map the Supply Chains of Every U.S. City

From the National Science Foundation:

FEWSION is a data fusion project developed by scientist Ben Ruddell of Northern Arizona University and colleagues. The project maps the food, energy and water supply chains for every community in the United States.

The data were collected by hundreds of researchers at federal agencies and universities throughout the country, and, for the first time, have been placed into a searchable and visual form for anyone to use.

The maps are available on the FEW-View website, enabling Gulf Coast residents to see how much their gas prices could be affected by a hurricane, or how much New Englanders should worry about water shortages.

With FEWSION, people can map the sources of their community’s grains, meat and other foodstuffs; crude oil, gasoline, natural gas and electricity; and water sources.

“This is a new way to see big data, to see your supply chains, to see your connections,” Ruddell said. “We look at exposure. If you have a lot of exposure in your supply chain, there is a strong potential for you to be affected by a drought, storm or a decision far away.”

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