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Your Environment. Your Health.

Integrating Multiscale Geospatial Environmental Data Into Large Population Health Studies

June 15 – 16, 2021
Virtual Meeting

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Workshop Purpose

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This workshop builds upon the effort and discussions of the “Leveraging Advances in Remote Geospatial Technologies to Inform Precision Environmental Health Decisions – A Workshop” convened in April 2021, by the National Academies’ Standing Committee on Use of Emerging Science on Environmental Health Decisions. Recordings of relevant presentations and discussions are available.

Assessing the environmental exposures of an individual is critical for understanding the environmental contributions to individual health and disease outcomes. Nevertheless, accurate and cost-effective exposure assessment in large population health studies remains a major challenge. Recent advances in remote sensing and geospatial technologies provide significant opportunities for access to high spatiotemporal resolution exposure data and improved exposure estimates at personal level. This workshop brought together experts in exposure science, geospatial technologies, data science, and population health to explore opportunities in linking multiscale geospatial environmental data (across time, space, and exposure types) to human health.

This virtual workshop covered the following four topics:

  • Geospatial Technologies and Human Health
  • Measurement Error, Spatiotemporal Modeling, and Mobility
  • “Big Data” and Analytical Considerations
  • How to Go Forward From Here - Perspectives From Population Health Studies

Meeting Goals

The goals of the workshop were as follows:

  • To demonstrate recent advances in applying geospatial technologies to understand the health impacts of a variety of environmental factors
  • To identify research gaps and discuss pathways of moving the field forward
  • To foster interactions and collaborations between geospatial experts and population health researchers


For questions related to the workshop, please contact Yuxia Cui, or Richard Kwok.

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