Atlas de l'exposition aux pollutions atmosphérique et sonore
Objectives of the Atlas

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution and noise are two environmental nuisances that have an impact on the health and well-being of urban populations. Earlier studies have shown that the levels of exposure to pollution and noise vary considerably depending on the mode of transportation used.

The main objective of this study is to measure individuals’ levels of exposure to air pollution and road traffic noise during rush hours in Montreal, according to three different modes of transportation (car, bicycle, and public transit). The aim of the Atlas is to meet four sub-objectives:

  1. Compare travel times for trips made, during rush hours, to or from the downtown area using three different modes of transportation (car, bicycle, and public transit);
  2. Compare the levels of exposure to noise and air pollution;
  3. Compare the doses of pollutants inhaled along the routes as well as the levels of physical activity;
  4. Map the trips and the results.

 

Data used

The trips by bicycle, car and public transport were made at rush hours (8 am and 5 pm) during the month of June 2016. For a detailed description of the methodology, see the methodology section.

 

Funding

This research project has been funded by the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Equity and the City. It also uses a research infrastructure (the facilities of the Environmental Equity Laboratory) funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation ( CFI).

 

Research team

Philippe Apparicio, Full Professor
Holder of Canada Research Chair in Environmental Equity and the City
Founding member of the Environmental Equity Laboratory (LAEQ)
INRS Urbanisation Culture Société

Jérémy Gelb, member of the Environmental Equity Laboratory (LAEQ)
INRS Urbanisation Culture Société

Mathieu Carrier, member of the Environmental Equity Laboratory (LAEQ)
INRS Urbanisation Culture Société

Marie-Ève Mathieu, Associate Professor
Director, Laboratoire Activité Physique et Santé (Physical activity and health lab) (LAPS)
Department of Kinesiology, University of Montreal

François Lecot, research professional
Laboratoire Activité Physique et Santé (Physical activity and health lab) (LAPS)
Department of Kinesiology, University of Montreal

Simon Kingham, Full Professor
GeoHealth Laboratory
Department of Geography, University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand)

 

Credits for website construction

The Atlas was constructed by the Environmental Equity Laboratory (LAEQ) team at the Urbanisation Culture Société research centre of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, in collaboration with the Université de Montréal’s Physical activity and health lab (LAPS) team.

Philippe Apparicio, Full Professor, INRS Urbanisation Culture Société
Coordinator of the research project, design of the interactive mapping, writing of texts.

Jérémy Gelb and André Lachance
Members of the Environmental Equity Laboratory (LAEQ)
Design of the interactive mapping, structuring of spatial data, design of the architecture, programming of the website.