Monday, May 01, 2017

The Global Atlas of World Trade

You can now explore how trade operates around the world on a new global resource trade database, which includes 20 million points of data on global trade spanning 270 countries and 1,300 commodities since 2000. The online database also allows you to map the trade flow of individual commodities around the world.

Using Chatham House's you can track and visualize how natural resources are traded around the world.'s interactive mapped interface allows you to view the global trade of individual commodities, the global trade of individual countries and how trade by these countries in all these commodities has changed over the years.

For example using the map's filter controls you could visualize all the countries where the USA imports sugar from. As well as the map showing the countries that export sugar to the USA shows the total value of trade from each of these countries and information about the fasting growing and fastest declining countries in the trade of sugar to the USA. You can also then progress to view information and the value of the international trade of sugar and explore where other countries around the world import or export sugar to and from.

Searches carried out using can be visualized, shared, embeddeded or downloaded. This means that you can use to illustrate reports and stories about individual commodities and global trade on your own website or blog. Chatham House uses this feature of themselves to illustrate and visualize their own investigations into the international trade of natural resources. You can read these investigations in Stories.

The interactive data visualization tool was developed for Chatham House by Applied Works.

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