Environmental data from CANUE now available to researchers

Date posted: 
Wednesday, September 4, 2019


Following the signing of a Third Party Data Steward Agreement between the Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) and Population Data BC (PopData), CANUE data may now be accessed by researchers through PopData. 

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, green and blue spaces, neighbourhood factors, and weather and climate. 

CANUE data may be linked to other data sets managed by PopData, and to external data sources where approved by the data provider.

Eligible researchers may apply for access to CANUE data by completing and submitting a Data Access Request (DAR) through PopData.


Data sets available include:

Air Quality 

  • Nitrogen dioxide concentrations 
  • Sulfur dioxide concentrations
  • Ozone concentrations
  • Fine particulate matter concentrations 

Green/Blue Spaces 

  • Landsat, MODIS, and AVHRR normalized difference vegetation indices 

Neighbourhood Factors

  • Access to employment measures
  • Material and social deprivation indices
  • Marginalization indices
  • Nighttime light
  • Active living environments​

Weather and Climate

  • Weather indicators
  • Local climate zones
  • Water balance

For more information on the data, visit: www.popdata.bc.ca/data/environmental/canue

Page last revised: September 4, 2019