What features does the IOER Monitor provide?


08.11.2018New spatial units "municipal association".
26.09.2018Data for indicators of the category "buildings" has been updated.
11.07.2018Earlier timeframes (2006, 2009, 2012) are no longer available for the indicator "imperviousness" because of their incomparability due to methodological reasons.
08.06.2018Several analyses derived from IOER Monitor data published online regarding landtake of area, landform conversation, settlement density and the loss of open space
05.06.2018New publication (in german language) "Flächeninanspruchnahme in Deutschland: Auf dem Wege zu einem besseren Verständnis der Siedlungs- und Verkehrsflächenentwicklung". Editors: Behnisch, Martin, Kretschmer, Odette, Meinel, Gotthard (Eds.)

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The IOER Monitor is a permanent scientific service within the framework of the research-based Political and Social Consultation Service of the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER).

This expert information system is intended to assist scientists, administrators, practitioners from business and industry as well as the general public to answer questions regarding ground cover and land use for the whole of the Federal Republic of Germany. It provides base data for the analysis of land use development, particularly regarding the issue of sustainability.

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Further information

Land-use classification scheme of the IOER Monitor

The land-use typology of the IOER Monitor is based on the principle that all land-use classes are exclusive, which means that each part of the earth surface is assigned to exactly one land-use category. Thus, the aggregation of the main land-use classes Settlement, Open Space, and Transportation equals to the total study area. Each of these three top-level categories is subdivided into further differenciated land-use classes. Read more...