One core activity of the Umweltbundesamt (UBA) (Federal Environment Agency) is to provide information on the state of the environment and its protection. The UBA achieves this in various ways, for example through an open access technical library, special events as well as digital and print media. In recent years, the digital processing of environmental information has become ever more significant.
The UBA would like to use the digital data supplied by you to construct an environmental atlas as part of our website: umweltbundesamt.de. This is an entirely new endeavour for the UBA. Yet as the integration of traditional communication media with infographics and geoinformation gains in importance, we see this enterprise as laying the groundwork for other projects.
The proposed atlas is part of the UBA’s efforts to improve environmental reporting and to complement this with digital data sources. The atlas is intended to fill existing gaps in the spatial presentation of environmental topics by developing a high-profile and well-designed information platform. The thematic environmental atlas will not be a standalone product but will be integrated into the UBA website, referring to information contained therein in order to present complex topics using diverse elements.
In a joint project, the IOER, Bosch & Partner and Kopfarbyte are working to implement two complex thematic elements of the atlas. The IOER will investigate the current status of the complex theme "Building/Living/Households" and prepare findings in both written and graphical form. Bosch & Partner will examine and process data on the theme: "The Problem of Nitrogen". The company Kopfarbyte is responsible for the web design and the technical implementation.
In general, the aim is for the environmental atlas to adopt a modular structure that can be expanded and maintained at low cost and effort, enabling its continuous updating by the UBA.