Air-Health Scientific Workflow System

Streamlining environmental health impact assessments to translate research into policy
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Who will benefit
Researchers, research organisations, public sector agencies, government (state and commonwealth), polluting industries, health sector

The Challenge

Health impact assessments of environmental exposures are currently hampered by the absence of integrated datasets, workflows and metadata requirements.

The Response

The Air-Health Scientific Workflow System (SWS) project solves the difficulties associated with merging environmental and health datasets. 

The platform uses existing APIs to access environmental and health data from several sources, including: 

  • state government air pollution monitors
  • satellites from space agencies
  • bureau of Meteorology
  • land use/planning agencies
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics 
  • Australian Transport Research Cloud

Air-Health SWS enables users to build and extend analyses by linking data acquisition, data transformation, mathematical operations, graphing, statistical analysis and outputs.

The system will support users in the selection of study areas, exposure types (particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone, etc), time periods (historical and future) and desired health impact assessment outputs. 

Users are guided through decisions about spatiotemporal considerations and exposure data types and sources to support rigorous epidemiological analysis. The SWS will identify and access required exposure and health datasets and will perform analysis steps that combine these to calculate health burden and impact.

The platform streamlines desktop and web-based research processes to translate research into policy.

Who Will Benefit

Researchers, research organisations, public sector agencies, government (state and commonwealth), polluting industries and the health sector will benefit from this project’s core features:

  • Simple interfaces – Users can perform complex analyses without technical skills in database systems, network-based remote access or coding.
  • Evidence-based policy – Assists health decision makers, researchers and public sector users to translate research into policy.

The Partners

Our partners are:

  • Curtin University 
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Queensland
  • Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Outcomes

The Air-Health Scientific Workflow System project solves the difficulties associated with merging environmental and health datasets using existing computational and data infrastructure. This will assist health decision makers, researchers and public sector users to translate research into policy.

Publications using data generated by this platform

  • Mortality Burden of Heatwaves in Sydney, Australia Is Exacerbated by the Urban Heat Island and Climate Change: Can Tree Cover Help Mitigate the Health Impacts? Atmosphere. 2022; 13(5):714. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos13050714
  • Mortality burden attributable to exceptional PM2.5 air pollution events in Australian cities: A health impact assessment. Heliyon 2024, 10, e24532. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2024.e24532
  • Climate Change, Drought and Rural Suicide in New South Wales, Australia: Future Impact Scenario Projections to 2099. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19 (13):7855. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137855

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