Dutch national scientific research program on land subsidence: Living on soft soils subsidence and society

Esther Stouthamer*, Gilles Erkens, Kim Cohen, Dries Hegger, Peter Driessen, Hans-Peter Weikard, Mariet Hefting, Ramon Hanssen, Peter Fokker, Jan Van Den Akker, Frank Groothuijse, Marleen Van Rijswick

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Abstract

In the Netherlands land subsidence is a continuously ongoing process. Consequently, an increasing number of people and economic assets are exposed to subsidence, damage costs are soaring, and flood risk and greenhouse gas emissions are increasing. In some areas tipping points have already been reached, where current land-use can no longer be maintained without considerable costs, underlining the urgency to take action. Together with a consortium consisting of universities, research institutes, governmental agencies, public and private partners we have developed a national, multidisciplinary research programme aiming to develop an integrative approach to achieve feasible, legitimate and sustainable solutions for managing the negative societal effects of land subsidence, connecting fundamental research on subsidence processes to socio-economic impact of subsidence and to governance and legal framework design. The program is designed to co-create insights that help to effectively mitigate and adapt to subsidence within the Netherlands by making major improvements in measuring and modeling the processes and consequences of subsidence, identifying, developing and critically evaluating control measures and designing governance and legal approaches that facilitate their implementation. Hereto we will develop (a) new satellite-based technology to measure, attribute and monitor subsidence, (b) solid understanding of the interacting multiple processes contributing to total subsidence, (c) sophisticated physical and economic numerical models to predict humaninduced subsidence rates and impacts, and (d) implementation strategies that go beyond technical measures, to strengthen governance and financing capacities as well as legal frameworks. This fully integrated approach deals with all impacts of land subsidence on society and the economy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences
EditorsP.A. Fokker, G. Erkens
PublisherCopernicus Publications
Pages815-819
Number of pages5
Volume382
ISBN (Print)9781907161308
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2020
Event10th International Symposium on Land Subsidence, TISOLS 2020 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 17 May 202121 May 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences
ISSN (Print)2199-8981

Conference

Conference10th International Symposium on Land Subsidence, TISOLS 2020
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period17/05/2121/05/21

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