The Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CeH) announced in the last week that the Land Cover Map 2007 data, released in 2011, is now free of charge to university staff and students. Users can download the data from Digimap (from Edina), provided their university is registered with the JISC scheme (most are, I believe). You may need to get your Digimap ‘Site Representative‘ to activate this (as I did at UEA). This is great news for those wishing to get hold of pretty high resolution (25m raster) data detailing land cover/habitat types across the UK.
According to the CeH website, the methods have improved: ‘LCM2007 parcels come from generalised digital cartography, refined with image segments. LCM2000 uses only image segments‘. My initial impression suggests that the data is much more precise. For example, it picks up patches of green space in city centres that would have been mapped as ‘Continuous urban’ in the 2000 data release…
I’m looking forward to the upcoming National Outdoors for All’ conference in London on 28th Nov. This should be a day of debate and discussion around ’Natural solutions for tackling health inequalities’. It will be interesting to hear of initiatives and research to help us increase our mental and physical well-being. This should show us how we can use the ’great outdoors’ to make us all happier and healthier. Plus, the venue is pretty nice too…!
Please read my blog on the US Dept of Health & Human Services’ ‘National Partnership for Action’ site http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/npa/blog/BlogPost.aspx?BlogID=2951, talking about findings from an article I published in July.
Funding for the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) has been renewed for five years – as part of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration initiative that supports five Public Health Research Centres of Excellence.
CEDAR is driven by the overall goal of changing diet and physical activity at a population level. This funding extension means our research will continue to be supported and valued.
My article evaluating the spatial equity of interventions from the Healthy Towns programme in England, has been cited as editor’s pick at the International Journal of Equity in Health.
The UK government funded Healthy Towns programme distributed £30 million between nine towns and cities in England. The aim? To encourage healthier behaviour and lifestyles among people. The method? Designing/buildings/improving facilities and putting in place support to enable people to be more physically active and make healthy food choices. The process? Deciding which people had greatest need for particular resources in a given area. The result? Well, it’s a little early to tell, but my research suggested that built infrastructure, including cycle paths/signs/parks, community allotments and play parks, was generally pretty well located close to those who needed it the most.
My article has been highly accessed. It has raised interest internationally, including with the US Government Department of Health & Human Services (you can read my blog post here).
Researchers in London continue to evaluate the success of the programme. You can read more here.