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 A. Fokker, Jan van den Akker, Marleen van Rijswick

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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 human-induced 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 publicationProceedings of the IAHS
Subtitle of host publicationTISOLS: the Tenth International Symposium On Land Subsidence – living with subsidence
EditorsP.A. Fokker, G. Erkens
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventTISOLS 2021: Tenth International Symposium on Land Subsidence - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 17 May 202121 May 2021
Conference number: 10th

Publication series

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


ConferenceTISOLS 2021

Bibliographical note

Pre-conference publication of a 2020 congress, postponed due to COVID-19


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