Exposome Maps

Here we provide an overview of External Exposome data that has been inventoried by the Exposome-NL and EXPANSE projects and that have been used in epidemiological studies conducted by these projects. For background information on our conceptualisation of the exposome and the categorization into four dimensions, please read these openly accessible publications:   

Exposome Surfaces

The Exposome Maps contain geospatially resolved data on environmental exposures (Exposome Surfaces), categorized into the following Exposome dimensions.


Built Environment

28 exposures related to:

  • Green space
  • Blue space
  • Grey space

Food Environment

4 exposures related to:

  • Food landscape / healthy food index

Physico-Chemical Environment

99 exposures related to:

  • Air pollution
  • Biodiversity
  • Weather conditions 
  • Light intensity at night
  • Noise
  • Pesticides
  • Electromagnetic fields

Social Environment

70 exposures related to:

  • Neighbourhood socio-economic position
  • Neighbourhood Demographic surfaces and population characteristics
  • Social capital 
  • Security
  • Mental health
  • Proximity to facilities
  • Energy use
  • Labour market

We have developed a table that can be used to identify your Exposome Surface(s) of interest. For each Exposome Surface we provide information on the: time period, temporal resolution, spatial resolution, geographical coverage, and units in which exposure data is expressed. We also provide a reference to the original source of the data.

Table Exposome Surfaces

A detailed description of each of the Exposome Surfaces included in the table can be found here.

Many of the Exposome Surfaces can be accessed directly through our online Exposome Dataplatform.

On this platform the available surfaces can also be visualized for the European Region of your interest. Access to surfaces that are not accessible through the platform can be requested on an ad-hoc basis. To learn how to request access to the Exposome Surfaces provided through our Exposome Maps tool, please read our Data access and Publication Policy and use the Request form to contact us. To learn how to work with the Exposome Data platform please read our Instruction Manual.

Exposome Data Platform


This is version 0.5 of the Exposome Maps tool. November 2023

Some surfaces are generated by the EXPANSE or Exposome-NL projects, some by other projects or agencies. For each exposome surfaces that is inventoried here we indicate who the rightful owner is and provide reference to the original source.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no 874627.

Decoding the exposome

Decoding the exposome

The environment we live in has a dominant impact on our health. It explains an estimated seventy percent of the chronic disease burden. Where we live, what we eat, how much we exercise, the air we breathe and whom we associate with; all of these environmental factors play a role. The combination of these factors over the life course is called the exposome. There is general (scientific) consensus that understanding more about the exposome will help explain the current burden of disease and that it provides entry points for prevention and ...

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