Distribution centers 1980-2020 Geodata

doi: 10.4121/14791686.v3
The doi above is for this specific version of this dataset, which is currently the latest. Newer versions may be published in the future. For a link that will always point to the latest version, please use
doi: 10.4121/14791686
Datacite citation style:
Nefs, Merten (2024): Distribution centers 1980-2020 Geodata. Version 3. 4TU.ResearchData. dataset. https://doi.org/10.4121/14791686.v3
Other citation styles (APA, Harvard, MLA, Vancouver, Chicago, IEEE) available at Datacite
choose version:
version 3 - 2024-05-13 (latest)
version 2 - 2023-11-24 version 1 - 2021-06-28
Delft University of Technology logo
usage stats
The Netherlands
time coverage
cc-by-sa.png logo CC BY-SA 4.0

This is an older and partial version of the dataset:

Nefs, Merten (2023): Dutch Distribution Centres 2021 Geodata. Version 2. 4TU.ResearchData. dataset. https://doi.org/10.4121/19361018

For the best information, please refer to that updated dataset.

Geodataset including ca. 10 thousand logistic buildings in the East-Southeast corridor of the Netherlands, as well as the business estates they are in, measured between 1980-2020. Interactive zoomable map with timeline slider available on: http://mertennefs.eu/landscapes-of-trade/

The dataset is compiled to establish a comprehensive overview of the growth of the logistic complex in the busiest freight corridor of the Netherlands. Building footprint in this area has quadrupled between 1980 and 2020. The data was compiled as part of PhD research project Landscapes of Trade (information on www.landscapesoftrade.nl).

Disclaimer: Ca. 9 out of 10 buildings are new greenfield developments, while 1 out of 10 is developed on an existing business site (brownfield). Therefore, the data give a 90% accurate representation of the growth of the logistic complex. There are also functional grey areas: some buildings clearly have a logistic typology and activity, but according to business microdata fall in another category, for example automobile assembly and service, or production of food.

  • 2021-06-28 first online
  • 2024-05-13 published, posted
Geopackage (Gpkg) with compilation method (Pdf) and metadata file (Markdown and Txt)
TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Erasmus School of Economics


files (4)