Blue environmental assessment tools

Available on 31 January 2020

The health and wellbeing benefits of green space have been widely researched. Yet, the benefits of urban blue spaces are less-known.

As with green space, the quality of a natural environment plays a role in determining any health benefits or risks of a given blue space. Comparable quality assessments, including about the access and use of spaces, are needed to inform public health-related policies and to inform environmental design, management and protection.

This research paper, published in the Urban Forestry and Urban Greening Journal, provides a review of existing tools and the novel BlueHealth Environmental Assessment Tool (BEAT) that has been specifically designed to enable these comparable assessments.

Read the full review here and access the BEAT online.

Full citation

Mishra, H S, S Bell, P Vassiljev, F Kuhlmann, G Niin, and J Grellier. 2020. “The Development of a Tool for Assessing the Environmental Qualities of Urban Blue Spaces.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 49 (January): 126575. doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2019.126575