The Institute is an establishment of the Leibniz Association for research in the spatial sciences focusing on ecological aspects of sustainable development. Research concentrates on four main areas: 'Landscape Change and Management' is concerned with analysing change in cities and regions, with a focus to open spaces and ecosystem services; 'Resource Efficiency of Settlement Structures' looks at whether and to what extent cities, buildings, and infrastructures can be designed and refined to consume less land, material and energy; 'Environmental Risks in Urban and Regional Development' is concerned with analysing and assessing risks for spatial development from natural hazards and climate change; 'Monitoring of Settlement and Open Space Development' develops survey, monitoring, and analytical procedures for better describing the state of and changes in land use.
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Leader gender: Male Leader(s) (2020): Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram
Leader gender: Male Leader(s) (2019): Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram
Leader gender: Male