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Monitoring Earth’s shifting land
15 May 2019
The monitoring of land subsidence is of vital importance for low-lying countries, but also areas which are prone to peculiar ground instability.
Land subsidence is the lowering or sinking of the ground's surface, owing to changes that take place underground. Subsidence is usually due to a combination of ground water overexploitation, mining, natural consolidation of sediments and rapid urbanisation.
Image credit: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2014-19), processed by ESA/TRE ALTAMIRA - Subsidence in Tuscany