Geographic information system (GIS)

Dr Mark Niewenhuijsen
Processing and analysis of geographic data: Analysis of proximity and accessibility indices (for example to green and blue spaces); individual exposure to environmental factors, such as air pollution or noise; analysis of the relationships between urban design and physical activity, walkability, and many others. We have developed tools in Python to, for example, analyze smartphone GPS data or to automatically geocode a large number of addresses. We can process large volumes of data efficiently.


1. Management and processing of large volumnes of data
2. Analysis
  • Accessibility
  • Exposure to environmental factors, such as air pollution of noise
  • Characteristics of the built environment
  • Characteristics of the natural environment
  • Smart City
  • Geocoding (converting postal addresses into geographic coordinates to integrate them into the GIS analysis)
4.GIS training: from basic to advanced level (from using QGIS to GIS programming in R or Python)


We work with open source software (PostgreSQL, PostGIS, Python, R).


Dr Mark Niewenhuijsen | | ORCID | PRC Page
Staff Scientist, Coordinator
Antònia Valentín | | ORCID


Funding Organism: H2020 EU
Status: Executing
Title: ATHLETE - The Exposome: From Evidence to Translation
Funding Organism: H2020 EU
Status: Executing
Title: EQUAL LIFE - Studying the exposome for healthier future for all children
Funding Organism: H2020 EU
Status: Executing


​ Impact of road traffic noise on annoyance and preventable mortality in European cities: A health impact assessment.
​Khomenko S, Cirach M, Barrera-Gómez J, Pereira-Barboza E, Iungman T, Mueller N, Foraster M, Tonne C, Thondoo M, Jephcote C, Gulliver J, Woodcock J, Nieuwenhuijsen M
​Environ Int 2022; 162(): 107160-
Impacts of changes in environmental exposures and health behaviours due to the COVID-19 pandemic on cardiovascular and mental health: A comparison of Barcelona, Vienna, and Stockholm.
​Koch S, Khomenko S, Cirach M, Ubalde-Lopez M, Baclet S, Daher C, Hidalgo L, Lõhmus M, Rizzuto D, Rumpler R, Susilo Y, Venkataraman S, Wegener S, Wellenius GA, Woodcock J, Nieuwenhuijsen M
​Environ Pollut 2022; (): 119124-
​Associations between air pollution and biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease in cognitively unimpaired individuals.
​Alemany S, Crous-Bou M, Vilor-Tejedor N, Milà-Alomà M, Suárez-Calvet M, Salvadó G, Cirach M, Arenaza-Urquijo EM, Sánchez-Benavides G, Grau-Rivera O, Minguillon C, Fauria K, Kollmorgen G, Domingo Gispert J, Gascon M, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Zetterberg H, Blennow K, Sunyer J, Luis Molinuevo J, ALFA study.
​​​​​Environ Int 2021; 157(): 106864-
​Early life exposure to air pollution, green spaces and built environment, and body mass index growth trajectories during the first 5 years of life: A large longitudinal study.
​de Bont J, Hughes R, Tilling K, Díaz Y, de Castro M, Cirach M, Fossati S, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Duarte-Salles T, Vrijheid M
​Environ Pollut 2020; 266(0): 115266-
Large-scale citizen science provides high-resolution nitrogen dioxide values and health impact while enhancing community knowledge and collective action.
​Perelló J, Cigarini A, Vicens J, Bonhoure I, Rojas-Rueda D, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ, Cirach M, Daher C, Targa J, Ripoll A
​Sci Total Environ 2021; 789(): 147750-
​Urban environment and health behaviours in children from six European countries.
​Fernandez-Barres S, Robinson O, Fossati S, Márquez S, Basagana X, de Bont J, de Castro M, Donaire-González D, Maitre L, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Romaguera D, Urquiza J, Chatzi L, Iakovides M , Vafeiadi M, Grazuleviciene R, Dedele A , Andrusaityte S, Marit Aasvang G, Evandt J, Hjertager Krog N, Lepeule J, Heude B, Wright J, McEachan RRC, Sassi F, Vineis P, Vrijheid M
Environ Int . 2022 Jul;165:107319.
​Urban environment and obesity and weight-related behaviours in primary school children.
​de Bont J, Márquez S, Fernandez-Barres S, Warembourg C, Koch S, Persavento C, Fochs S, Pey N, de Castro M, Fossati S, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Basagana X, Casas M, Duarte-Salles T, Vrijheid M
Environ Int. 2021 Oct;155:106700.
​Early life multiple exposures and child cognitive function: A multi-centric birth cohort study in six European countries.
​Grazuleviciene R, Hernandez-Ferrer C, Heude B, McEachan R, Mon-Williams M, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Robinson O, Sakhi AK, Sebastián-Gallés N, Slama R, Sunyer J, Tamayo-Uria I, Thomsen C, Urquiza J, Vafeiadi M, Wright J, Basagana X, Vrijheid M
Environ Pollut . 2021 Sep 1;284:117404.
​Early-life environmental exposure determinants of child behavior in Europe: A longitudinal, population-based study.
​Maitre L, Julvez J, Lopez-Vicente M, Warembourg C, Tamayo-Uria I, Philippat C , Gutzkow KB , Guxens M, Andrusaityte S, Basagana X, Casas M, de Castro M, Chatzi L, Evandt J, González JR, Grazuleviciene R, Småstuen Haug L, Heude B, Hernandez-Ferrer C, Kampouri M, Manson D, Márquez S, McEachan R, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Robinson O, Slama R, Thomsen C, Urquiza J, Vafeidi M, Wright J, Vrijheid M
Environ Int . 2021 Aug;153:106523
​Multiple environmental exposures in early-life and allergy-related outcomes in childhood.
​Granum B, Oftedal B, Agier L, Siroux V, Bird P, Casas M, Warembourg C, Wright J, Chatzi L, de Castro M, Donaire D, Grazuleviciene R, Småstuen Haug L, Maitre L, Robinson O, Tamayo-Uria I, Urquiza J, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Slama R, Thomsen C, Vrijheid M
Environ Int . 2020 Nov;144:106038.
​Early-Life Environmental Exposures and Childhood Obesity: An Exposome-Wide Approach.
​Vrijheid M, Fossati S, Maitre L, Márquez S, Roumeliotaki T, Agier L, Andrusaityte S, Cadiou S, Casas M, de Castro M, Dedele A , Donaire-González D, Grazuleviciene R, Haug LS, McEachan R, Meltzer HM, Papadopouplou E, Robinson O, Sakhi AK, Siroux V, Sunyer J, Schwarze PE, Tamayo-Uria I, Urquiza J, Vafeiadi M, Valentin A, Warembourg C, Wright J, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ, Thomsen C, Basagana X, Slama R, Chatzi L
Environ Health Perspect . 2020 Jun;128(6):67009.
​Association between the pregnancy exposome and fetal growth.
​Agier L, Basagana X, Hernandez-Ferrer C, Maitre L, Tamayo Uria I, Urquiza J, Andrusaityte S, Casas M, de Castro M, Cequier E, Chatzi L, Donaire-González D, Giorgis-Allemand L, González JR, Grazuleviciene R, Gutzkow KB , Haug LS, Sakhi AK, McEachan RRC, Meltzer HM, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Robinson O, Roumeliotaki T, Sunyer J, Thomsen C, Vafeiadi M, Valentin A, West J, Wright J, Siroux V, Vrijheid M, Slama R
Int J Epidemiol . 2020 Apr 1;49(2):572-586.


ISGLOBAL - Institut de Salut Global de Barcelona

Rosselló, 132, 6ª planta

08036 Barcelona


  • Sistema d'energia i recursos
  • Mobility and logistics system
  • Education and knowledge generation system
  • Industrial system
  • Socio-sanitary system


  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Health information systems
  • Information Systems


Availability Level: Medium
Access Procedures:
Open. Contact Antonia Valentin to request a service and ask for a quotation.
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