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  • Based on radar data recorded by the European ERS-1/ERS-2 satellites between 1992 and 2001, annual ground motion rates for Berlin and Hanover were derived through utilization of the technique of Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI). In these data, areas of ground motion were identified and assigned to PanGeo Polygons, which were geologically interpreted.

  • The relief of the earth's surface is a major controlling factor for ecological processes and a key indicator of the distribution patterns of important geological factors such as soil, rock and water. On the basis of a digital elevation model with a grid size of 250 meters, the company scilands GmbH in Göttingen produced on behalf of BGR the geomorphographic map of Germany. The programs SARA (System for Automatic Terrain Analysis) and SADO (System for Analysis and Discretization of Surfaces) determined 25 discrete geomorphograpic units (sink areas, closed hollow forms, slope areas, parietal areas, overlay forms) in four different landscape areas (North German Lowland, highland, Alpine foothills and Alps).

  • Web Map Service (WMS) of the map Organic Matter Content of Top-Soils in Germany. The map Organic Matter Content of Top-Soils in Germany 1:1,000,000 highlights the results of a Germany-wide compilation of typical soil organic matter contents in top-soils differentiated according to 15 groups of soil parent material, four climatic areas and the main land use. The evaluation is based on more than 9000 soil data profiles with information about Soil Organic Matter (SOM) from a period of about 20 years. The report 'The Organic Matter Content of Top-Soils in Germany', BGR Archiv, No. 0127036 (in German) documents the methodology. The classes of the map legend are based on the classes given in the German Soil Mapping Guideline, 5th Edition (KA5). The version 2.0 of the map is based on the Digital Topographic Map 1:1,000,000 (DTK1000-V) of the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, which was altered in parts by BGR.

  • The hydrogeological spatial structure provides a delimitation of areas with very similar hydrogeological characteristics. These areas, with increasing detail, include large hydrogeological regions, hydrogeological regions and hydrogeological subregions. Each higher level is completely made up of one or more units of the next lower level. In order to compile a digital map of large hydrogeological regions, hydrogeological regions and subregions of Germany, existing regional maps and drafts of the State Geological Surveys have been harmonised and brought together. All in all, the territory of Germany has been subdivided in 10 large hydrogeological regions, in 36 hydrogeological regions and 247 hydrogeological subregions.

  • The map layers are based on the BGR geoscientific collection and display geocoded localities of the object types fossile, mineral and rocks. In three zooming levels according to administrative district, community and local subdistrict the total number of samples for the chosen area are shown. A direct connection between the map layer and the GewiS-application (https://gewis. bgr.de) is possible.

  • The 1:5 Million International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas shows the pre-Quaternary geology of Europe onshore and offshore. In addition to the geology attributed by age, petrography and genesis, also magnetic anomalies, tectonic structures, metamorphism and – in the offshore areas – information about the continental/oceanic crust and the continental margin, are shown. The map was developed by BGR under the umbrella of the Commission of the Geological Map of the World (CGMW) and in cooperation with geological surveys organisations of 48 countries and more than 20 research institutes. For detailed information about the 'IGME 5000: More than just a map – A multinational GIS Project' please visit the IGME website. Corresponding to the INSPIRE-directive, this dataset comprises the German part of the map.

  • The IHME1500 v1.2 is a vector dataset resulting from the digitisation of the 25 published map sheets of the International Hydrogeological Map of Europe at the of scale 1:1,500,000 (IHME1500). The dataset was extended for five unpublished, digitised IHME1500 map sheets to achieve full map coverage. It consists of selected features of the IHME1500 with the following content: - Aquifer types (area): Distinction of six types of aquifers according to their productivity and void types. - Lithology (area): Lithological classification of the aquifers at five aggregation levels. - Seawater intrusion (area): Areas with salination of groundwater caused by sea water intrusion. - Tectonic fractures (line): Geological lineaments assigned to the five classes of known or supposed faults or overthrusts and boundaries of fractured belts in Iceland. The IHME1500 v1.2 includes a correction of inconsistencies of the printed map sheets and was spatially adjusted to an up-to-date topographic base. The IHME1500 is a hydrogeological map series consisting of 25 published map sheets with explanatory notes that covers the European continent and parts of the Near East. The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are the project coordinators, supported by the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and the Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW). Each sheet consists of contributions by the respective countries represented in the map, which were harmonised across borders. The map series including the explanatory notes can be used for scientific purposes, for large-scale regional planning and as a framework for detailed hydrogeological mapping.

  • Web Map Service (WMS) of the BUEK2000. The BUEK2000 Version 1.0 was compiled from the BÜK1000 map by a process of generalization. The number of soil mapping units in the legend was reduced from 72 to 60 by aggregation of those units showing similar dominamt soils into single units. The map combined with selected soil profile pictures/graphics and information about soil history, soil classification and soil mapping in Germany is one fundamental part of the Hydrological Atlas of Germany (HAD). The Version 2.0, based on the BUEK2000N, Version 2.3, was cartographically adapted to a new base map.

  • The map of the soil depth gives an overview of the rooting capacity of German soils. The soil depth is derived from profile data of the landuse stratified soil map of Germany at scale 1:1,000,000. The lower limit of a soil is bedrock or a groundwater influenced horizon. The method is derived from Bodenkundliche Kartieranleitung KA5 (2005) and is documented in the MethodenWIKI of the FISBo BGR. The land use information is derived from the CORINE Land Cover data set (2006).

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