Articles | Volume 372
12 Nov 2015
 | 12 Nov 2015

Towards a global land subsidence map

G. Erkens and E. H. Sutanudjaja

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Short summary
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.