Articles | Volume 372
12 Nov 2015
 | 12 Nov 2015

Satellite geodesy tools for ground subsidence and associated shallow faulting hazard assessment in central Mexico

E. Cabral-Cano, D. Solano-Rojas, T. Oliver-Cabrera, S. Wdowinski, E. Chaussard, L. Salazar-Tlaczani, F. Cigna, C. DeMets, and J. Pacheco-Martínez
Short summary
Ground subsidence has affected Mexico City for over a century, as a result of its large urban expansion and aggressive groundwater extraction rates. The continuous subsidence results in severe damage to urban infrastructure and civil structures. This work is aimed towards a better recognition of subsidence as a major hazard in Mexico, assess the number of inhabitants affected and the spatial extent of the subsiding areas affected by this process.