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Friday, April 10 • 9:50am - 10:30am
PS40.0 Landscape Anthropometrics: A multi-scale approach to integrating health into regional land use planning

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The explication of “healthy places” is a fragmented endeavor, split along three axes. The first dichotomy exists in the anthropocentric vs. biocentric philosophies to defining healthy places. The second rift is evident in the reductionist methods and metrics employed to evaluate contextual impacts on human health. The third gap is with respect to scale. While there is abundant research investigating health and the built environment at the neighborhood scale, connections at the regional scale remain largely unexplored. This research creates a consistent, scalable approach for incorporating health considerations into regional land planning for metropolitan areas. A prototypical framework is presented for the Atlanta metropolitan region. Determinants of healthy places from Social/Landscape Epidemiology, Urban Planning and Landscape Ecology are incorporated into defining landscape pattern metrics. Key research objectives are to — 1) provide a new method to measuring urban form and health relationships through the use of landscape metrics 2) analyze urban form to understand optimal configuration, mix, spatial distribution, complementary juxtapositions and proportions of land uses and socioeconomic factors that can support better health outcomes. Methodologically, this research examines associations between landscape patterns at multiple scales (metro, county and tract) with health outcomes measured by mortality rates across numerous chronic conditions. Two primary research questions are explored— 1) Are landscape patterns significant determinants of mortality rates? 2) At what scale do landscape patterns matter for reduced mortality rates? Descriptive analyses include the use of clustering techniques to identify spatial dependencies and signatures. Hierarchical impacts of regional land use patterns on local health outcomes is examined through multilevel modeling. The aim is to present a succinct set of landscape metrics for sustainable land use planning in the long term.


Arthi Rao

Georgia Institute of Technology

Friday April 10, 2015 9:50am - 10:30am EDT
Biscayne Ballroom (2nd floor)