The EPA designated the University of South Carolina as one of only six universities in the country to participate in a project designed to innovate methods to make the public aware of toxic releases.  The EPA has been gathering this information for 25 years, but has not been successful in compiling and sharing the information.  The project, known as the 2014 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge, focuses on data visualization and analytics for improving the presentation and understanding of TRI data. TRI provides communities with information about toxic chemical releases into the air, water and land, as well as what industries are doing to reduce and prevent these releases.

The USC project will be guided by Dr. Diansheng Guo of the Department of Geography. “I like uncovering new information from data and discovering its meaning and implications for real-world applications,” says Dr. Guo on the University of South Carolina web site.  The TRI project is expected to address and identify at risk populations who have faced repeated exposures or faced exposures from multiple toxins.  They intend to create mapping and other visualizations to express the exposures and otherwise make use of the historic data gathered over the past 25 years.  Click here for more information.