Search Icon White
supply space

ANSI COVID-19 Member Update: With AI, NASA Tracks COVID-Related Supply Chain Backlog, New Mayo Clinic Podcast


The ANSI Federation and standardization community are stepping up with guidance, resources, and initiatives to support public health and safety and the nation's recovery. Suggestions for news items may be submitted to [email protected]. All submissions are published at ANSI's discretion.

With the Help of Artificial Intelligence, NASA Tracks COVID-Related Supply Chain Backlogs

The U.S. is facing a record backlog of cargo ships as global port congestion threatens to disrupt the supply chain. To provide a more in-depth look, a team of NASA-funded researchers were able to reveal via satellites and other tools the different ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed aspects of human activity and its impact on the environment.

In October, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a natural-color image of dozens of cargo ships waiting offshore for their turn to unload goods. Likewise, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired comparable imagery.

According to the space agency, the Interagency Implementation and Advanced Concepts Team (IMPACT) at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has been using artificial intelligence technology and high-resolution satellite imagery to track shipping activity at major U.S. ports.

To date, NASA researchers have tracked indicators ranging from air pollution and night time light activity and shipping.

Access more details on tracking via NASA’s Earth Observatory.

Access the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Continuing Progress in the Battle against COVID-19

In the latest Mayo Clinic podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, head of Mayo Clinic's vaccine research group, talks about updates regarding COVID-19 vaccines. He also covers waning immunities and the approval possibility of mixing and matching COVID-19 booster vaccines.

Listen to the on-demand podcast via the Mayo Clinic News Network.

See more ANSI member efforts in the ANSI COVID-19 Resource Webpage Highlighting Standardization Community Response.


Jana Zabinski

Senior Director, Communications & Public Relations


[email protected]

Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


[email protected]