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Built Environment data for Edinburgh and Glasgow
UK Biobank Urban Morphometric Platform
The aim of the UK Biobank Built Environment project is objective assessment of the built environment (OABE) around the immediate neighbourhood of 500,000 participants of the UK Biobank cohort. This will result in the modelling, compilation and linkage of corresponding longitudinal spatial database of built environment with the UK Biobank health datasets. The large-scale automation of such detailed and precise measures of individual-level built environment morphological metrics (morphometrics) will have the potential to unravel the black box of causality, the pathways through which built environment in conjunction with the social and natural environment act as one of fundamental determinants of individual behaviour, physical and mental health. OABE of UK Biobank can thus produce a comprehensive evidence-base on the impact of BE on lifestyle, behaviour and thereby health and hence, guide preventive intervention strategies as well as policy formulation.