Articles | Volume 372
Proc. IAHS, 372, 83–87, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-372-83-2015
Proc. IAHS, 372, 83–87, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-372-83-2015

  12 Nov 2015

12 Nov 2015

Towards a global land subsidence map

G. Erkens1,2 and E. H. Sutanudjaja1,2 G. Erkens and E. H. Sutanudjaja
  • 1Deltares Research Institute, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 2Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Abstract. Land subsidence is a global problem, but a global land subsidence map is not available yet. Such map is crucial to raise global awareness of land subsidence, as land subsidence causes extensive damage (probably in the order of billions of dollars annually). With the global land subsidence map relative sea level rise predictions may be improved, contributing to global flood risk calculations.

In this paper, we discuss the approach and progress we have made so far in making a global land subsidence map. Initial results will be presented and discussed, and we give an outlook on the work needed to derive a global land subsidence map.

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Land subsidence is a global problem, but a global land subsidence map is not available yet. Such map is crucial to raise global awareness of land subsidence, as land subsidence causes extensive damage (probably in the order of billions of dollars annually). With the global land subsidence map relative sea level rise predictions may be improved, contributing to global flood risk calculations.