www.materialflows.net – MFA VII

Project Details

Financing body

Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management


www.materialflows.net is an online portal for material flow data, providing access to material flow data sets on the national level. The website is based on the worldwide first comprehensive database on global resource extraction - the SERI/WU Global Material Flows Database, set up and administrated by SERI (Sustainable Europe Research Institute) and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna), in cooperation with the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy. The database comprises data for more than 200 countries, the time period of 1980 to 2010, and more than 300 different materials aggregated into 12 categories of material flows.
The scientific community as well as policy makers increasingly demand analyses that go beyond the pure presentation of MFA data and indicators. Thus, the basic intention of this online portal is to provide easy access to MFA data to be applied in further policy-oriented analyses, as well as background information, trend analyses and visualisation tools for a better comprehension of MFA data and the conclusions to be drawn. In this project the research group Sustainable Resource Use is updating the database to the year 2011. Furthermore, the website content is revised, trends and figures adapted and the whole website content updated.
Effective start/end date1/11/1330/09/14