Other services and tools

In addition to the Monitor of Settlement and Open Space Development (IOER monitor) and other services that are part of the research data infrastructure, the IOER develops further services and tools or is involved in their development. These services and tools are designed for different user groups. They serve, for example, as working aids and analysis tools for municipalities and planning offices. Other tools and applications are used for teaching and further education at universities or for imparting knowledge to the general public, for example on the ecosystem services of urban green spaces.

The following services and tools have been developed or co-developed by the IOER to date (selection):

For the broad public


With the meinGrün app, users can discover known and unknown green spaces in the pilot cities of Dresden and Heidelberg. The app helps its users to quickly and easily find the green space that best suits their needs. New routing options also make it possible to choose different routes to the green space. The app was developed in the meinGrün project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in the mFUND research initiative.

REVIVAL! – interactive project presentation

The EU Interreg project "REVIVAL! - The revitalization of historical towns in Lower Silesia and Saxony" addressed the question of how small and medium-sized towns in rural areas can make better use of their cultural heritage and thus increase the attractiveness of their town centres. In the interactive project presentation, the historic town centres can be explored with the help of 3D visualisations. Virtual info points provide background information on the project activities and anecdotes on historic sites in the project towns.

Knowledge trail on „Stadtnatur Dresden“

This virtual knowledge trail leads along around 8 kilometres to various green spaces in the city of Dresden. It makes it possible to experience the services provided by urban nature (ecosystem services) and their effects on the quality of life. Further information on the project

Knowledge trail „Mehrwert Natur Osterzgebirge“

Three virtual nature trails through the German-Czech Eastern Ore Mountains are intended to educate the general public about the value of nature and its services. Offered in German as well as Czech.


For teaching and further education

OpenGeoEdu - e-learning platform for dealing with open geodata

OpenGeoEdu is an open online course for students of spatial-related studies and other interested persons. With a view to the growing amount of freely accessible geodata, it provides knowledge on how to handle this open data. The e-learning platform is the result of the OpenGeoEdu project, which was funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of the mFUND programme.


Tools and information for professionals

FLOOD.Bi - Flood resilience: Information tool for Buildings

The FLOOD.Bi tool provides information on flood hazards and flood-induced potential damage to buildings. It supports property owners, planners and architects in engineering offices in identifying suitable measures to reduce damage to residential buildings. The IOER developed this application together with the Saxon State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG) in the EU project STRIMA II.

Rainman Toolbox - Heavy rainfall prevention in Saxony and Europe

The RAINMAN Toolbox is a compilation of information, tools and practical examples for dealing with the natural hazard of heavy rainfall. In addition to a collection of methods for assessing and mapping heavy rainfall risks, it also contains guidance for planning and implementing risk mitigation measures as well as inspiration and guidance for risk communication. The RAINMAN Toolbox was developed in the EU project RAINMAN.

Development and Spatial Impact of the German Autobahn network - From 1935 to 2015

The application provides information about the historical development of the German Autobahn network, changes in the quality of its coverage and the use of space around motorway junctions.

Development of land use in the city-region of Dresden since 1790

The product illustrates the development of settlement density using the example of Dresden. Nine time periods (between 1790 and 2009) can be compared with one another.

Floods of the Elbe river in 1845, 1890 and 2002 - Dresden and Saxon Switzerland

Digitally processed historical maps enable the analysis and comparative assessment of land-use changes in areas prone to flooding.

Long-term investigation of changes in land use

The website provides information on cumulative impacts of land-use changes on the environment and illustrates impacts on soil and landscape structure.



The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

FS Sachsen

This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.