Geoscience and Health Cohort Consortium (GECCO)

The environment is receiving growing attention in medical research with respect to its relationship with health problems and well-being of individuals. The EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research (EMGO+) has recognized the importance of environmental factors for public health. Therefore, the EMGO+ Institute initiated and funded the Geoscience and Health Cohort Consortium (GECCO).


In GECCO, databases of six large-scale and ongoing cohort studies within the EMGO+ institute have been enriched with a variety of existing geo-data.


The six cohort studies that are involved in GECCO are Generations2-study, the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, the Netherlands Longitudinal Study on Hearing, the Netherlands Study on Depression and Anxiety, the Netherlands Twin Register, and the New Hoorn Study. The collaboration between the six cohort studies within GECCO stimulates large-scale research studies on environmental impacts on health in the Netherlands.


In GECCO, a variety of existing geo-information on address-, zip code-, as well as neighborhood level from different sources were collected. For an overview of collected geo-data please click here. Data are collected for several years, depending on the database used. All geo-data have been documented. For the data-linking between the collected geo-data and respondents of each specific cohort study, 4-digits zip codes and 6-digits zip codes are used as identifier. Examples of collected geo-data are: road-, rail-, and air traffic noise on address-level, and number of different types of facilities (e.g., specific types of health care facilities, sport facilities, educational facilities, and socio-cultural facilities) on 4-digits zip code level.

Guideline regarding the use of geo-data

For the guideline regarding the use of geo-data please click here.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding the Geoscience and Health Cohort Consortium (GECCO), please contact the GECCO Research Team by e-mail.