Baltic Sea Region Territorial Monitoring System

Soil sealing

Indicator definition


Indicator importance

New soil sealing/capita is a measure of how much land is converted to a “built” surface in a wider definition. Hence this indicator is associated with land take for economic development and is associated with settlement structures and demographic development. Since soil sealing is associated also to the resilience and buffering capacity of nature this is an important indicator, as well as indicating the quality of landscapes for recreation and human well-being.