Articles | Volume 22, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 3007–3032, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-3007-2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 3007–3032, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-3007-2018

Research article 22 May 2018

Research article | 22 May 2018

A spatially detailed blue water footprint of the United States economy

Richard R. Rushforth and Benjamin L. Ruddell

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The National Water Economy Database is a new data resource to better understand the human economy's water use impact on the hydrosphere. NWED quantifies and maps a spatially detailed and economically complete blue water footprint for the United States, utilizing several datasets: US Geological Survey, the US Department of Agriculture, the US Energy Information Administration, the US Department of Transportation, the US Department of Energy, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.