I have two layers: one underlying land use information layer (with columns "land_use_type" and "area") and one for leased land.

To organize the leasing of the land it would be important that when drawing a polygon for an area I want to lease to have columns which tell me how much area of the drawn polygon is covered by land-use type (e.g. wood, farmland etc..).

I tried a bit around with the aggregate function and a virtual field, but to no avail:

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How can I achieve that?


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As a working solution I can suggest using a "Virtual Layer" through Layer > Add Layer > Add/Edit Virtual Layer....

Let's assume there are two polygon layers called 'land_use_info' (dark red) and 'leased_land' (yellow).


With the following Query, it is possible to have columns which tell me how much area of the drawn polygon is covered by land-use type.

SELECT ll.*, GROUP_CONCAT(lui."land_type" || ':' || round(st_area(st_intersection(ll.geometry, lui.geometry)),4)) AS "info"
FROM "leased_land" AS ll
JOIN "land_use_info" AS lui ON st_intersects(ll.geometry, lui.geometry)
GROUP BY ll.id

The output polygon layer with its attribute table will look like


  • this goes perfectly in the right direction, i do not get an output for my data structure though.. i m looking into it, this looks very promising!
    – sn1ks
    Commented Sep 16, 2020 at 12:45
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    Check layers' names, are they specified in the right way? What does your output look like?
    – Taras
    Commented Sep 16, 2020 at 12:46
  • unfortunately no pic uploads possible in the answer section. i double checked the layer names ("lease" with colum "id" and some more, unrelevant ones and "Land_Use" with the column "LU_type"). My output virtual layer does not have the column "info". Both layers are in the same EPSG (intersect works with the QGIS onboard tool) and no features (althogh i have one feature in the "Lease" table - i will digg into it tomorrow, maybe it is because of the encoding of the files..or because of the "unrelevant" columns of my "Lease" table or..
    – sn1ks
    Commented Sep 16, 2020 at 13:54
  • Column "info" is created automatically, which is an attribute you require. Let's handle it today, should not be that difficult.
    – Taras
    Commented Sep 16, 2020 at 14:00

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