Modelling of Environmental Exposures using GIS workshop

Start date: 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 20:30 to Friday, November 9, 2012 - 23:45
Event Speaker: 
Dr Kees de Hoogh and Dr John Gulliver
Imperial College, London
United Kingdom

Environmental exposure modelling and assessment is an important part of environmental epidemiology and risk assessment.  Geographical Information Systems (GIS) provide the standard platform for developing spatial and temporal environmental models and exposure assessment techniques.  A crucial element is selecting and applying appropriate techniques in relation to different environmental pollutants.  This three-day course aims to introduce the use of GIS and statistical software for exposure assessment to a range of environmental risks.  There is a large practical component to this course with time for hands-on data analysis using a variety of examples in environmental exposure modelling.

Course content:

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Introduction to exposure assessment techniques 
  • Sources of environmental data for model building and evaluation
  • Introduction to spatial interpolation and geostatistical methods
  • Extracting predictor variables to be used in Land Use Regression (LUR) analysis
  • Developing and evaluating LUR models
  • Mapping environmental exposures 
  • Calculating and mapping cases and rates of attributable risk within a GIS
  • Computing relative risks from environmental exposures


Target audience:  

Public health practitioners, epidemiologists, risk assessors, GIS analysts who are interested in learning more about modelling of environmental exposures using GIS and statistical software.  Previous experience in GIS is not essential but an understanding of basic statistical techniques and terminology (i.e. correlation, regression) will be assumed.

Course tutors:

This three day specialist workshop will be led by researchers from the MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health.

Dr Kees de Hoogh

Kees de Hoogh is a Senior Research Officer in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and co-leader of the Environmental Exposure Group.  He is responsible for the exposure assessment for numerous UK and EU based projects, covering a range of subject areas, within the MRC-HPA Centre for Environment & Health and the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU).  His main interest is in harmonising environmental exposures for cohorts/biobanks across Europe.


Dr John Gulliver

John Gulliver is a Lecturer in Environmental Science in the MRC-HPA Centre for Environment & Health and co-leader of Environmental Exposure Group. He has particular expertise in modelling and monitoring personal exposures to air pollution and developing regional- and national-scale historic models of air pollution. He also specialises in the development of noise models for exposure assessment at different spatial scales.


Participants will be working on PCs already set up with the necessary software (ArcMap10 and SPSS) so it not necessary to bring your own laptop.

Early registration is recommended as places for the workshop are limited to between 20 - 25 participants and are allocated on a first come first served basis. 

The registration fee is £360. 

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