The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales

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The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales is an independent publication produced by the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU). The atlas provides maps of the geographical variations for a range of health conditions and environmental agents at a small-area scale (census wards) such as malignant melonama, breast cancer, nitrogen dioxide etc. The maps have been developed as a resource for those working in public health and public health policy and for the general public to better understand the geographic distribution of environmental factors and disease and to identify questions for future research. The maps aim to provide baseline information for policy makers and the public on geographic patterns of environmental pollutants and disease and to help in development of hypotheses to understand and explain variability in disease risk that may relate to the environment, lifestyle factors and/or location.

Get more information and check out the maps here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

Spotting Smokers

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Researchers at the University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand used geospatial data and public health data to estimate visual exposure to smoking at bars and cafés for public outdoor spaces in downtown Wellington. They found that the maps indicate that streets with many retail shops and hospitality areas had high numbers of visible smokers, especially in the evening if there were more than 50 people. The findings of this and similar research could support the expansion of smokefree public spaces.

Read the article on the Washington Post and check out the full study on here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com