Articles | Volume 372
Proc. IAHS, 372, 255–260, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-372-255-2015
Proc. IAHS, 372, 255–260, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-372-255-2015

  12 Nov 2015

12 Nov 2015

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

E. Cabral-Cano1, D. Solano-Rojas2, T. Oliver-Cabrera2, S. Wdowinski2, E. Chaussard3, L. Salazar-Tlaczani1, F. Cigna4, C. DeMets5, and J. Pacheco-Martínez6 E. Cabral-Cano et al.
  • 1Departamento de Geomagnetismo y Exploración, Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México DF, 04510, México
  • 2Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL 33149, USA
  • 3Dept. of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, USA
  • 4British Geological Survey, Earth Hazards & Observatories, Earth and Planetary Observation and Monitoring, Nottingham, UK
  • 5Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA
  • 6Departamento de Construcción y Estructuras, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, México
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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.