SOMAARTH GIS:Integrated Geo spatial data on demography, development and environment.
SOMAARTH has a dedicated GIS (Geographic Information System) wing along with the large volume of geospatial data sets collected to facilitate exposure science research and spatial epidemiology in the country. A team of trained geospatial analysts along with epidemiologists, social scientists, demographers and field workers work towards management and upkeep of geo-spatial datasets.
The geo- spatial data sets available with the site are;
- High resolution Quick bird raster data of 255 Sq Km area covering 51 villages under DDESS (Demographic Development Environmental Surveillance Site).
- The geo spatial data construct in form of GIS vectors i.e. physical environment (land parcel, water bodies), social (road, rail, public places, religious places) and services (child & mother care centre, rural banks, health facilities, educational institute, cremation ground/ burial place, others).
- The demographic and health datasets of 1, 99,702 persons residing in 51 villages nested within the geo-spatial data sets.
- Fine resolution land use data (Land use typology – residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, services, transport and other).
- Water and environmental sanitation, Food environment and health care provider data sets.
Geo spatial health research will facilitate in
- Conducting real time mapping of environmental risk conditions and establish contextual pathways associated with various communicable and non-communicable diseases
- Documenting impacts of changing environment on health and economy of people
- Innovating the evidence based environmental and behavioural interventions for prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.