PPSR: Local Awareness and Community Engagement for Food Energy and Water Systems (PLACE4FEWS)

Project: Research project

Description

The ASU Decision Theater (DT) offers a world-class venue and expertise for custom science and decision visualization systems. Since 2016 DT has been a core member of the NSF-funded FEWSION project team (Food Energy and Water Systems), with a core five-year budget of $300,000 to build the visualization systems that are the heart of FEWSIONs education and outreach strategy. DT is providing a custom visualization system that is providing the first publicly accessible interactive visualizations of the footprints and Food, Energy, and Water dependencies of every community in the USA. However, owing to data limitations, the FEWSION projects scope is limited to large cities and counties, and does not include a detailed treatment of individual small towns and their major infrastructures and stakeholders in the FEW space.
The proposed PPSR project implements a citizen science protocol that both requires community-level FEW visualizations, and also collects fine-scale data on local FEW systems that has never been available before. This new protocol creates the opportunity to produce a supplemental module for the DTs FEWSION visualization. The new module, MyFEW, will allow users to zoom-in on the details of their local communitys FEW infrastructure, visualizing the locations of important FEW facilities and summarizing FEW production and import sources using information produced by the PPSR protocol. This augmented visualization will serve as a centerpiece for local discussions about FEW systems vulnerabilities and decisions. The final product will be publicly accessible through the FEWSION web portal and will effectively present the data and findings of a local communitys PPSR protocol in context with the national FEW system, in a fashion that is specifically designed to facilitate local discussions with stakeholders about how to improve the local FEW system.
Because we are leveraging NSFs core investment in FEWSION and the DTs technology, the software engineering requirements and scope for this work are modest. As with DTs work on FEWSION, the Joint Application Development (JAD) process will be employed to determine a thorough and detailed application design and scope, working with project scientists and local FEW systems stakeholders to complete that JAD design process. Some detailed tasks for DTs Scope of Work include:
1. Complete JAD process for MyFEW
2. Implement back-end database structure
3. Implement PPSR data entry forms to get protocol data into the database
4. Support the FEWSION team in stakeholder PPSR field trials of MyFEW
5. Review and revise implementation to incorporate findings from field trials
6. Ongoing support of MyFEW for the contractual duration of the project
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date11/1/1710/31/19

Funding

  • NSF: Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE): $74,991.00

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Water
Software engineering
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