The Added Value of Geographical Information Systems in Public and Environmental Health

  • Marion J. C. De Lepper
  • Henk J. Scholten
  • Richard M. Stern

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Need of Information in Public and Environmental Health

  3. The Components of Geographical Information Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Henk J. Scholten, Marion J. C. de Lepper
      Pages 53-70
    3. Arthur U. C. J. van Beurden, Marion J. C. de Lepper
      Pages 71-86
    4. J. Maes, M. H. Cornaert
      Pages 99-114
  4. Analysis of Spatial Information

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Wim Douven, Henk J. Scholten
      Pages 117-133
  5. Applications of Geogrpaphical Information Systems in Public and Environmental Health

  6. Value Added by Geographical Information Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Simon Raybould, Jacqueline Nicol, Anna Cross, Mike Coombes
      Pages 277-284
  7. Implementing Geographical Information Systems

  8. Towards a Health and Environmental Geographical Information System for Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 349-358

About this book


Health for all by the year 2000 is the blueprint for change agreed to by the Member States of the World Health Organization. In Europe, this blueprint is built on 38 regional targets, many of which have the underlying aim of uncovering new knowledge and of using existing knowledge more effectively. The targets related to a healthy environment have the ultimate goals of safeguarding human health against environmental hazards, and of enhancing the quality of life by providing clean and safe water, air, food, and working and living conditions. Allied to these goals is the need to reduce the sense of jeopardy that many people feel about what they perceive as 'the risks of everyday life'. These goals are an integral part of the European Charter on Environment and Health, adopted by 29 European Member States and the Commission of the European Communities in December 1989. The Charter stresses the shared responsibility of everyone to protect the environment, to be given adequate and accurate information, and to be involved in decision-making. It outUnes the principles for public policy as well as what needs to be done to transform them into action. In this, strong information systems have a vital role to play by helping to monitor the effectiveness of measures taken, of trends analysed, of priorities set and of decisions made.


GIS Geoinformationssysteme Public Health World Health Organization assessment integration

Editors and affiliations

  • Marion J. C. De Lepper
    • 1
  • Henk J. Scholten
    • 2
  • Richard M. Stern
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institute for Public Health and Environmental ProtectionBilthovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Regional EconomicsFree University & GEODAN bvAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.World Health OrganizationEuropean Centre for Environment and HealthBilthovenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-1887-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-585-31560-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
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