Urban growth is often accompanied by land subsidence resulting from settlement, building load and the increase pressure put on water resources to satisfy water demand.
Land subsidence leads to fracturing of the ground and damage to infrastructure and, when taking place near rivers or coastal areas, it increases the occurrence of flooding. The goal of this project is to quantify the processes that create, influence and result from land subsidence, and develop a workflow to improve hazard mitigation plans and water resources management. Leaders of the project aim to achieve this by:
The project’s principal investigator is Estelle Chaussard, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Geology. Co-principal investigators are Kallol Sett, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering; and Zoé Hamstead, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.