The economical use of land as a resource has been the subject of planning interventions and measures as part of the German government’s sustainability goals for many years. Particularly in dealing with settlement and traffic areas, the demands for use are conflict-ridden. In this problematic situation, the data basis of the monitoring of settlement and transport area development is of particular importance.
The data basis of the Copernicus Sentinel satellites allows to supplement and improve indicators of settlement and transport area development. The quality and informative value of these indicators were researched in the project Inwertsetzung von Copernicus-Daten für die Raumbeobachtung (incora, BMVI mFund Förderkennzeichen: 19F2079C) and an automatic procedure was developed to generate annual land cover classifications for all of Germany.