Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium data sets

 

Data source: various (see CANUE data set specific documentation available on the CANUE website)

 

Date range

1984 to 2016 (various, see CANUE data set specific documentation available on the CANUE website)

Description

The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) collates and generates standard measures of environmental factors and provides these data to a wide range of health data organizations who pre-link and distribute them to the Canadian research community. Exposure metrics currently distributed by CANUE include air quality (nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, and fine particulate matter concentrations), green and blue spaces (Landsat, MODIS, and AVHRR normalized difference vegetation indices), neighbourhood factors (access to employment, material and social deprivation indices, marginalization indices, nighttime light, and active living environments), and weather and climate (weather indicators, local climate zones, and water balance).

Annual data sets available

Air Quality
File Basic description Years available
AQAIX Air Pollution Index 2012, 2013, 2014
AQSMK The Canadian Optimized Statistical Smoke Model 2010-2019
NO2 NITROGEN DIOXIDE - annual land use regression-based concentration estimate, 1984 to 2012 1984-2016
O3 GROUND-LEVEL OZONE - annual modelled concentration estimate, 2002 to 2015 2002-2015
PM25 FINE PARTICULATES (PM2.5) - 3-year running annual satellite-based concentration estimate 2000-2012
PM25b Air Quality Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5 v2) 2000-2016
PM25c Air Quality Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5 v3) 2000-2018
SO2 SULFUR DIOXIDE - 3-year running annual OMI satellite-based concentration estimate 2007-2015

 

Greeness
File Basic description Years available
AVH AVHRR ANNUAL and GROWING SEASON NDVI - annual mean and maximum, and growing season (May 1st to Aug 31st) maximum normalized difference vegetation index 1985-2013
LAN_AMN LANDSAT ANNUAL MEAN NDVI - annual mean normalized difference vegetation index files 1984-2019
LAN-GMN LANDSAT ANNUAL MEAN NDVI - growing season 1984-2019
LAN-GP LANDSAT ANNUAL MEAN NDVI - greenest pixel 1984-2017
MOD-AMIN MODIS ANNUAL MEAN NDVI - annual mean normalized difference vegetation index files 2000-2019
MOD-AMX MODIS ANNUAL MAX NDVI - annual max normalized difference vegetation index files 2000-2019
MOD-GMN MODIS ANNUAL MEAN NDVI - annual mean normalized difference vegetation index files (growing season) 2000-2019
MOD-GMX MODIS ANNUAL MAX NDVI - annual max normalized difference vegetation index files (growing season) 2000-2019
TCC Tree Canopy Coverage 2010, 2015

 

Neighbourhood
File Basic description Years available
CMG CANADIAN MARGINALIZATION INDEX - indices of SES at the dissemination level 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2016
DTR Street network files from DMTI Spatial Inc. 1994-2018
DTW Hydrology files from DMTI Spatial Inc. 1983-2019
GEN The Gentrification, Urban Interventions, and Equity (GENUINE) Tool is a map-based gentrification tool for Canadian metro areas 2016
MSD The National Material and Social Deprivation Indices (MSDI) 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016
LIGHT DMSP-OLS NIGHTTIME LIGHT - annual average nighttime brightness 1991-2013
NAE ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT - measures of employment in Canada's eight largest urban regions 2016
NHBLD Measure of building density for all Canadian postal codes 2019
NHFAC Neighborhood Facility Index 2019
NHGRD Neighborhood Green Roads 2016
NHNSE Neighborhood Noise 1991-2019
NHPMD Neighborhood Proximity Measures - StatsCan 2019
NHSCN Neighborhood Street Connectivity 2019
NHSPW Neighborhood Urban Sprawl 2011, 2016
NHTSP Neighborhood Public Tranportation 2019

 

Weather
File Basic description Years available
LCZ LOCAL CLIMATE ZONES - categorized descriptions of climate zones located at postal code level 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016
WBNRC Weather Water Balance Metrics 1985-2015
WTHNRC Climate Metrics 1983-2015

 

Please refer to the CANUE website for a detailed list of data variables available and additional documentation.


Data currently not available

  • Monthly data sets
  • New exposure metrics distributed by CANUE will be periodically linked to Population Data BC.
  • Indices for subsequent years will be added when available.

 

Inclusions
  • All active British Columbia postal codes.
Exclusions
  • British Columbia postal codes not active in a given year.
Quality/accuracy of information

From CANUE website:

Disclaimer: Data are provided “as-is”. While substantial efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of data and associated documentation, complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. CANUE makes no guarantee, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the fitness for any purpose. The Data User holds all parties involved in the production or distribution of the data harmless for damages resulting from its use or interpretation. Postal code locations can represent many nearby residential locations and so have differing accuracy with respect to assigning exposure to individuals.

Important additional information

CANUE is a consortium funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Use of CANUE datasets is restricted to academic, research, educational, or other not-for-profit professional purposes. Data users must be affiliated with a Canadian academic institution participating in the SMART Consortium Agreement with DMTI Spatial Inc. For more information, refer to the CANUE Data Sharing and Use via Approved Third Party Agreement (available at: www.canue.ca/data). Data users must include required citations and acknowledgements in all publications. These are listed in data set-specific documentation, available on the CANUE website.

Data changes over time
  • A “Log of Changes” is available in CANUE data set-specific documentation.
References
  • CANUE Data Sharing and Use via Approved Third Party Agreement
  • CANUE

 

DARs/Projects snapshot

Total number of DARs/Projects currently with PopData:

438

The breakdown:

DARs in preparation/review

56

Projects with amendments in preparation/review

25

DARs in post-approval

23

Projects with data being prepared

34

Projects being maintained
(inc. 11 DASH & 13 DI Program)

279

CaraSpace projects

21

Last revised November 22, 2022

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