ON June 20th, members of CANUE’s Greenness Team met by conference call to provide an update on current work and discuss a range of technical issues related to measuring greenness.
CANUE’s Weather and Climate team met on May 8th | 2017 to review their research program and upcoming activities. Meeting slides are available here (CANUE Weather and Climate Meeting May 8 2017) and include:
- a brief overview of climate, weather and health linkages (Dr. Tim Takaro)
- a description of the PAVICS platform (pavics2016_eng) currently under development by OURANOS which aims to improve access to weather and climate data in Canada(Diane Chaumont and Blaise Gauvin St-Denis)
- a discussion of types of metrics that may be of interest and proposed next steps (Dr. Johan Feddema)
The near-term goal of the Weather and Climate team is to develop methods for producing weather and climate metrics using NRCAN’s 10km gridded dataset that may be relevant to human health, such as:
- daily temperature – minimum, maximum, average, range
- daily precipitation – total millimeters
- weekly, monthly and annual summary metrics
- ‘health’ degree days – number of days above or below identified thresholds of high or low temperatures
- potential and actual evapotranspiration – indicates wetness or dryness and may indicate flood potential
The 10km downscaled dataset from BC’s Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) was evaluated as well, however, modelled data after 2005 are not adjusted with observed levels and so may reflect model assumptions more than actual conditions.
Mahdi Shooshtari, CANUE’s Data Scientist, will be working with Diane Chaumont (Team Co-leader) and Blaise Gauvin St-Denis at OURANOS in early June to develop methods for producing indicators from the data holdings in PAVICS.
On December 7th and 8th | 2016, over 80 CANUE members gathered in Toronto for our inaugural workshop with the goal of building our strategic plan. Dr. Jeff Brook’s welcoming remarks, the Keynote Address by Harold Madi, and the Team presentations are now available on our YouTube channel.
We are gathering in Toronto on December 7th and 8th to formalize our plans for data development and sharing, environmental health research, and knowledge translation and exchange. Please join us by webcast to hear more about CANUE and our vision for the next five years.
CANUE SYMPOSIUM: URBAN ENVIRONMENT and HEALTH: NEW OPPORTUNITIES December 7th, 2016 – Dalla Lana School of Public Health | 10:00 – 11:30am eastern Walkability, noise, greenness and air pollution are some of the common features of the built environment that can have profound effects on human health. Please join us for this fascinating symposium on […]
Welcome to CANUE!
We are very excited to be launching CANUE and our website. It has been a productive few months since our funding support from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) started in June. We have an ambitious agenda for the rest of 2016 culminating in our first workshop in December when members and leadership will come together to exchange ideas and refine CANUE’s strategic plan.
Leading up to this point we have experienced a tremendous amount of excitement and willingness to work together throughout Canada, to join a team to break new ground in research and to have real and lasting impact. We are committed to building from this good will to realize as many of our collective ambitions for CANUE as possible while growing in membership and impact within Canada and internationally. We hope you’re on board for this ride and will spread the word to make sure CANUE is recognized and is responsive to the needs of as many stakeholders as possible.
CANUE truly represents an amazing opportunity to build a dynamic community in Canada that brings the best in urban environmental research and applications to the health research community, ultimately to support decision-making with public health in mind. We are hopeful that CANUE will enable and conduct highly relevant research on environmental factors, exposures or metrics and their links to health. Our goal is to empower our members, to foster collaboration, exchange and knowledge translation so that members and non-members alike clearly see our value-added and hence paddle hard to take CANUE to much success and well past our starting five-year time horizon.
Jeff Brook, PhD
Nominated PI and Scientific Director
Eleanor Setton, PhD
CANUE will bring together a diverse group of experts and knowledge users at an inaugural workshop in 2017. This workshop will focus on developing a clear set of values and a Strategic Plan, which will be implemented and refined through ongoing member engagement.