Workshop – Geospatial data for route choice assistance and an route environmental exposure analytics

01 Jun 2022
10:00-12:00
Session 1

Workshop – Geospatial data for route choice assistance and an route environmental exposure analytics

Our daily travel through the urban fabric exposes us to both beneficial and harmful environmental conditions, such as air quality, noise, temperature, greenery, water bodies, or scenery. Knowledge of the exposure levels can empower pedestrians and cyclists to make better, i.e. more pleasant or healthier, route choices. Furthermore, exposure information is necessary for research, spatial planning and evidence-based decision-making for understanding population-level health and wellbeing effects and ensuring equal access to healthy travel environments for everyone.

In this workshop, we discuss data needs and availability for spatiotemporally explicit exposure analytics and route choice assistance, and the role of different stakeholders therein. We also aim to map possible use cases of related services. We base our workshop on the experience from the Green Paths routing tool, an open access exposure analysis and route planner software from Helsinki. The software applies either real-time or historic air quality data, greenery values from street view images or land cover data, strategic noise modelling data, and street and path network data from OpenStreetMap.

End-user interface of the Green Paths routing tool: https://green-paths.web.app/?map=streets

Green Paths software description (a preprint paper): https://osf.io/vxcp3/

Concept description: https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/digital-geography-lab/green-paths

* To take part in the workshop, participants must bring their laptop.