CANUE members are actively involved in research projects that develop and make use of our data in innovative ways, from taking advantage of the latest spatial analysis technologies to investigating the effects of urban characteristics on the health of Canadians of all ages.

At its core, our research program focuses on developing robust methods for  producing measures of urban form that capture a wide range of characteristics – for every postal code in Canada going back to the 1980s, and going forward in step with the national cohort studies now underway.

As these data become available, we will be able to generate highly detailed maps that identify the geographic patterns in exposure, to support efforts to develop policy now that will reduce harmful exposures and promote beneficial characteristics in the future.

Our members are also planning epidemiological studies in partnership with Canada’s extensive cohort programs. These endeavors will further investigate the health effects of interactions between land-use, greenness and transportation or densification; or between greenness, physical activity and traffic-related air pollution exposure, for example.

World Imagery –  Source: Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community