(Photo credit: Project for Public Spaces)
Dr. Dan Fuller (Neighbourhood Factors Team Co-leader) at Memorial University | St. John’s Newfoundland is hosting this Expert Workshop to:
- discuss the future of walkability measure,
- work on conceptual definitions of walkability,
- identify new and emerging methods for measuring walkability, and
- chart the way forward for CANUE as we implement the next wave of walkability metrics.
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 […]