Table 1. Land-use class distribution and development in the Leipzig-Halle region in km² for 1990, 2000, and 2006 (data source: The European Environment Agency 2010).

Land-use class Description 1990 2000 2006
Continuous urban fabric (111) Built-up settlement land, mostly inner-urban compact residential areas 8.36 8.36 8.47
Discontinuous urban fabric (112) Built-up settlement land, mostly peri-urban and rural low density residential areas 340.86 356.40 367.53
Industrial or commercial units (121) Predominantly built-up industrial and commercial land 65.50 89.29 94.94
Road and rail networks and associated land (122) Transportation area, often sealed 4.60 4.60 4.55
Airports (124) Predominantly built-up and sealed area of airports 11.94 16.68 19.81
Mineral extraction sites (131) Area of opencast lignite mining, predominantly bare soil and sediments 144.08 97.62 61.60
Dump sites (132) All forms of dumps, mostly material and relief accumulation; unsealed 8.55 6.88 5.89
Construction sites (133) Land development and preparation area 0.46 2.13 2.92
Green urban areas (141) All forms of urban green spaces including parks, allotment gardens, cemeteries etc.; predominantly not sealed 31.13 31.13 35.18
Sport and leisure facilities (142) All forms of leisure areas; partly built-up, open spaces such as sportsgrounds often with densified bare soils 14.02 14.02 20.05
Non-irrigated arable land (211) Arable production land 2827.85 2770.97 2700.22
Fruit trees and berry plantations (222) Arable plantations 26.73 8.32 8.54
Pastures (231) Grassland, partly wetlands 99.01 95.82 118.11
Complex cultivation patterns (242) Including gardens, greenhouses, tree nurseries etc. 4.18 7.31 7.80
Deciduous forest (311) Deciduous forests and young forest plantations 301.66 303.11 310.75
Coniferous forest (312) Coniferous forests and young forest plantations 4.98 4.04 4.11
Mixed forest (313) Mixed forests and young forest plantations 22.21 21.91 28.64