In order to be able to model, forecast and evaluate the development of air transport on various spatial scales, as precise information as possible is required on the description of this development. As part of the MONITOR portal the database has the aim to supply information to multiple stakeholders on air transport development, especially for strategic analysis, modeling activities and quantification exercises. The database offers a widespread basis for a systematic and complementary view on the long-term development of air transport in order to describe, forecast and assess the complex system.
The MONITOR database contains information in form of a meta-database at air transport-related sources both in terms of aviation internal statistics and analysis as well as on economic, environmental and social framework developments. Furthermore, the database offers a basis for a systematic and complementary view on the long term development of air transport in order to submit descriptions, predictions and reviews of this complex system. The assessment of the data sources covers a wider field of view than usual in this context through the use of detailed and proprietary metadata information. Apart from the actual data description, opportunities and challenges of data usage and applications for the collected data are presented.