Preface: Subsidence and society
The surface of the earth is constantly in motion. The lowering of the earth surface over time is called land subsidence. Land subsidence is a local phenomenon on a global scale and is often problematic in the context of human societies. Much of the problematic land subsidence is humaninduced, with major causes being the extraction or mining of resources and the drainage and loading of soft soils. This implies that human behavior also is often the key to mitigate the negative impact of land subsidence on society. Scientists contribute to this mitigation by quantifying subsidence, exploring its root causes, and identifying possible coping strategie.
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Geological Survey Netherlands
10th International Symposium on Land Subsidence (TISOLS), 382 (382), 1-4