Assessment of transportation related safety and public health impacts using remote sensing and geospatial analysis technologies

Transportation related traffic safety and public health impacts are important issues for promoting sustainable infrastructure development and preserving the environment. The worldwide increased economic development and higher demand of motorized vehicles has resulted in unprecedented urban growth. Increased transportation-related air pollution plagues many urban and metropolitan areas. This paper reviews the U.S. and global historical data to identify important factors contributing to traffic fatalities and injuries, adverse health impacts of air quality degradation, and the adverse impact of the built environment on public health. The related societal costs are enormous and these should be considered along with the expected economic benefits in establishing policy and decision-making for environmentally sustainable industrial, urban, and transportation development projects. Examples are presented for innovative geospatial analysis of spaceborne remote sensing data and science models to quantify these adverse impacts of the built environment. It is shown that the societal costs of traffic accidents and air quality related public health impacts are significantly higher than typical road user and non-user costs.


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  • Pagination: 16p [guest speaker 2]
  • Monograph Title: Workshop: draft manual on design guidelines for motorcycles facilities

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  • Accession Number: 01387018
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 10:00PM