Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Nuvolone D., Peretti I., Baldacci S., Della Maggiore R., Maio S., Stortini A. M., Viegi G. Asthma related to exposure to marine aerosol and industrial pollution: a GIS approach to an epidemiological survey in Livorno. In: ERS Journal. Abstract, vol. 30 (Supplement 51) p. 751. ERS, 2007.
In this epidemiological survey a general population sample of Livorno was analysed to study the relationship between living near the sea and health status. In fact exposure to marine aerosol is considered to be a potential risk of respiratory diseases, as pollutants accumulated in the surface micro-layer are conveyed to the atmosphere. By means of GIS technology subjects participating to the survey were geocoded with reference to their home addresses, then they were classified considering zones homogeneous by distance from the coastline. In a second classification we also considered distance from the main industrial pollution sources. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were performed to compare the prevalence of asthma and asthma-like symptoms between exposed and non exposed people. Exposure to marine aerosol resulted associated with asthma, whilst exposure to industrial pollution is associated with bronchitic symptoms. GIS provides added value to environmental epidemiology research.
Subject GIS and Health
Air pollution
Marine Aereosol
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