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Special Issue "Environmental Health Studies with Remote Sensing Technologies: Exposure Assessment and Health Outcomes"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sungroul Kim

Department of Environmental Health Science, Soonchunhyang University, Asan, South Korea
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Interests: PM2.5; black carbon; sensor; respiratory and cardiovascular disease; environmental health; exposure assessment; risk assessment; biomonitoring
Guest Editor
Dr. Judy S. LaKind

LaKind Associates, LLC, Catonsville, Maryland United StatesAdjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland United State
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Interests: environmental pollution; public health; environmental risk assessment; biomonitoring; environmental exposure
Guest Editor
Dr. Ana Rule

Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, United States
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Interests: air pollution; bioaerosols; e-cigarettes; environmental metals; sampler characterization; industrial hygiene; second-hand smoking

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With consideration of a person’s activity patterns, exposure assessment is crucial for the accurate estimation of the effects of exposure to air pollutants on human health. Although there has been much attention directed toward the health impacts of exposures to air pollutants, there are unfortunately many difficulties associated with collecting high-resolution air pollution data as well as large population-based environmental epidemiological data.

Inexpensive sensors installed in real-time remote sensing monitors for many air pollutants have been introduced for use in outdoor as well as indoor environments. Such devices can provide pollutant distribution patterns at high temporal and spatial resolution, which is a substantial improvement in establishing a pollution monitoring platform as well as conducting environmental epidemiological studies, as compared to traditional approaches comprising a relatively small number of ground-fixed national air monitoring stations or mobile sampling techniques.

In this Special Issue, we will include the research outcomes of environmental epidemiology/health studies as well as exposure assessment studies using remote sensing technologies of air pollution.

Dr. Sungroul Kim
Dr. Judy S. LaKind
Dr. Ana Rule
Guest Editors

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  • air pollutants
  • low-cost sensors exposure assessment
  • respiratory and cardiovascular disease
  • environmental risk assessment
  • real-time
  • remote-sensing

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Association Between Surrounding Greenness and Schizophrenia: A Taiwanese Cohort Study
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(8), 1415; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16081415
Received: 7 March 2019 / Revised: 4 April 2019 / Accepted: 18 April 2019 / Published: 19 April 2019
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This study aims to investigate the association between surrounding greenness and schizophrenia incidence in Taiwan. Data of 869,484 individuals without a history of schizophrenia were included from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database from 2000 through 2010 for analysis. The diagnoses of schizophrenia were [...] Read more.
This study aims to investigate the association between surrounding greenness and schizophrenia incidence in Taiwan. Data of 869,484 individuals without a history of schizophrenia were included from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database from 2000 through 2010 for analysis. The diagnoses of schizophrenia were based on ICD-9 codes. Greenness exposure was assessed using the satellite-based normalized difference vegetation index, assuming individuals lived near the hospital they most often visited for common cold during the study period. Cox proportional hazards models were applied to assess the association between greenness exposure and schizophrenia incidence after adjustments were made for the potential confounders. A total of 5,069 schizophrenia cases were newly diagnosed during the study period. A negative significant (p < 0.05) association found using 2000-m buffer distances (distance of a moderately paced 20-min walk) in the whole Taiwan island, cities, and metropolitan areas. The results of the stratified analysis based on sex and health insurance rate suggested surrounding greenness has approximately equal effects of reducing the risk of schizophrenia, regardless of sex or financial status. In conclusion, our findings suggest that more surrounding greenness may reduce the risk of schizophrenia. Full article

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