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Green spaces and health: the impact of green spaces on the population of the Metropolitan Area of São Paulo

Grant number: 16/15989-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2017
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Thais Mauad
Grantee:Tiana Carla Lopes Moreira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FM). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/21728-2 - The use of modern autopsy techniques to investigate human diseases (MODAU), AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):18/13622-3 - Assessment of land cover and human health using high spatial resolution images, BE.EP.PD


Numerous benefits have been reported on the presence of vegetation in urban environment. These benefits generate ecosystem, social and economic benefits that may improve human health. It also needs to verify the relationship of human health and land use. Studies in several European countries and United States indicate that green spaces are important for human well-being for several reasons: improved air quality, aesthetics, physical activity, shadow production and thermal control. Green spaces can be public and / or private to obtain the benefits. The Metropolitan Region of Sao Paulo (MRSP) has its own characteristics of land use and occupation. This area often different from studies conducted in other countries, therefore there is a need for studies that show that these beneficial can also be obtained in MRSP and help with decision making that can be adopted to increase vegetation in the urban areas. The intra urban green area index in the MRSP is considered small compared to other cities. This study aims to evaluate whether the results found in other countries may also be observed in the MRSP. (AU)