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Health effects and risks of transport systems (HEARTS)

Reserch team

  • Matti Jantunen, prof.
  • Sari Alm, PhD
  • Päivi Aarnio, TechLic
  • Otto Hänninen, M.Sc.


  • WHO/Europe, Rome, Italy
  • Imperial College, London, UK
  • Government Agency in the areas of Energy and Environment, Rome, Italy
  • National Institute for Transport and Safety Research, France
  • Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems, Rome, Italy
  • University of Versailles Saint-Quentin, France
  • National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, Netherlands
  • Berry Environmental Ltd, Shepperton, UK; Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds, UK


  • European Comission 5th Framework Programme (QLK4-CT-2001-00492)
  • Academy of Finland

Contact person

  • Matti Jantunen


Traffic-related noise, air pollution and accidents generate a wide range of adverse health effects. Usually risk assessment of traffic focus only on the impact of a single factor and integrated risk assessment is missing.


1) Develop and test an integrated method to conduct traffic-related health impact assessments

  • different exposures (air pollution, noise, accidents)
  • different health endpoints (mortality, morbidity, annoyance)
  • different populations
  • spatial and temporal scales

2) improve health and help to assess health effects of political decisions


Study combine transport, air pollution, noise propagation, traffic accident, time-activity and exposure models to define health effects of different traffic scenarios.

The integrated health impact models will be tested in three European cities. (Leicester, UK; Lille, France; Florence, Italy). KTL is responsible for time activity and population exposure workpackages.


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